Video/Audio sample-based compositions

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Kutiman-Thru-you – 01 – Mother of All Funk Chords


by unclepedro (312196) on Thursday March 12, @12:06PM (#27168235)

Don’t get me wrong, I think this kind of stuff is AWESOME. But it’s not novel.

Emergency Broadcast Network was doing this kind of stuff in the early 90s, and released a record, Telecommunication Breakdown, that was all made in this style. They even wrote software to do it, and U2 had them do the ZooTV footage for one of their 1990s tours (including the alternate “Numb” video with machinery.) There are videos online. Their work was also a critique of the role of media, marketing, broadcast media, etc., so there was an extra political layer in there.

That said, I think the remixing of video samples in the same way that we remixed audio samples in the past is definitely an obvious (yet delicious) advance in the way we make music… or video… or art or whatever you want to call it.

Here’s a link to get you started on EBN:

Well-Deserved Kudos, But Not New (Score:4, Interesting)

by pz (113803) on Thursday March 12, @12:20PM (#27168467)

Kutiman, the artist who did the Thu-You audiovideo compositions, did a marvelous job. As other posters have noted, these songs are generally good compositions, beyond the novelty effect.

But, seriously, there isn’t that much new here. These really aren’t even mash-ups, because such extensive editing has happened. The classic mash-up, Dark Side of The Moon played against The Wizard of Oz retains the originals in great part, and while their combination brings a sum that is greater than the individual parts, it would be difficult to argue that it would qualify for fair-use exception from copyright protection.

The Thru-You project deconstructs the source material into individual components and re-assembles as an entirely new whole. There is no question of copyright violation because it is clearly a derivative work. It’s an exceptionally cool idea, and in this case done very well, but collaging isn’t new, even within the music industry.

There are entire genres of popular music that are devoted to construction of new songs from sampled components of other songs. Perhaps the first genre where this happened with distinction was House music, starting, what, 20 years ago? Of course, the more technology advances, the more deconstructed-reconstructed the music can become, but still, someone like club master Stephane Pompougnac has been publishing his Hotel Costes line of recompositions for 10 years now.

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