Monday, October 25, 2004

Was not feeling well today

The seasons change in the Maryland/DC area like a 3 year old kid playing with a wall switch. He flicks it up and down for a bit, then someone tells him to cut it out and the seasonal climate 'sticks' for a while.

This time of year, that means it gets cold and damp, and then it gets warmer and sunny (humid), then much colder again with precip, and then not so cold but still damp... anyway, I always get sick.

So I will be releasing a CD soon. I'm thinking it will be comprised of somewhere between 11 and 16 tracks.

I wrote previously that the tracks I put up on the internet are Creative Commons licensed. The cover article in Wired magazine features a discussion of 'music in the digital age' copyright, and includes a CD from various artists, including the Beastie Boys, sixteen CC licensed tracks in all. What is very unusual is that the licenses are 'mixed'-- all permit sharing and copying, but no resale as is, but then some permit sampling and remixing for commercial use: that is, you could sample a clip, drop it into your jimmyjauhn and build on it.

Now, the thing about that comes down to this: if you sample anything from anybody, and they are letting you do so with a license such as this, you have to give them credit, the 'props': respect because, basically, it's like these artists are saying, 'yeh, you can jam with me' to anyone that has the wherewithal.

And it's also a bit of a challenge. Because everyone who has ever played electric guitar has toiled for hours trying to do a note for note lead pressing play, rewind, play, rewind or some fancier way of drilling on it, only to be scolded by some other guitar twerp (who spent time doing the exact same thing) for being unoriginal/uncreative/'a rip off'/derivative/'ah, big deal, you stole that from ...' etc.. and of course they were right because you did so you have to take what you like and transform it so that you can use it for your own. It might come down to some modal scale that you end up learning was the basis for whatever riff, and then you get a handle on that and voila you have taken a step towards working on your own style-- but the guy who played the riff that led you there is always going to have your respect.

So *because* these tracks are tossed out there for sampling, anyone who uses them has to transform them enough to be considered cleverer than the next guy, and the race is on for people who chose to use them, and they will all owe *something* to the originator.


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