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Unfortunately (and it can be seen in high school music classes) almost nothing is original. Look at Nickleback. Classic example of using the same damn chords, in different octaves. The most common chords are pleasing to the human ear. Of course they will be used many times, even if the person doesn`t realize they`re using it. It probably wasn`t a rip off- there are studies showing the psychological preference for certain octaves and patterns. Plus, it was many artists. Highly doubt it was a mash up or "stealing"
dance acts use samples, its a little things in the copyright act called `fair use` get over it :P
and in this way just goes to show how much talent all musicians have to express feelings and emotions through music in new and exciting ways.
and also just goes to show that the more creative humans become, the harder it becomes to be creative. its a true testament to humanity`s ingenuity.
lol my cat is chasing the mouse pointer.
To say some talentless hack could sample, would be to say a 10 year old can do it.
If you wanna pull it off well, you need to A) know the ins and outs of music prodcution and B) have an ear for music. If you can take notes from other songs and piece them together, in theory, you can play those same notes on an instrument. Sure, playing an instrument may take a certain amount of dexterity and motor skills along with music knowledge, but there`s just as much CREATIVITY behind a piece of sampled music as there is behind a guy ripping out a sweet solo on a guitar.
One knows how to play the guitar, the other one knows how to play with Reason. Don`t devalue it.
its definitely close though (you know, a thin line between copying and editing)
its not ripped off when as RdDan pointed out you are friends with/collaborating with the artists.
they need explicit permission from the original artists as well.
and it takes just as much musical knowledge and skill to spot the samples (often seconds or less long) in a song, then cut it, rearrange it, pitch shift it etcetera.
completely legitimate form of music making and quite difficult too.
and quite a creative one at that, as you need a good ear to spot good parts to sample.
Dont be so bloody stupid! Prodigy "sample" other peoples music and re-edit/mix it to create something new. Whilst they do produce something new, it`s still taken from other peoples work so it IS ripped off then re-mixed. I love some of the tunes Prodigy have produced..but most of what they have made is inspired by something or someone else!
consider the "randy weston - in memory of" bit that was completely rearranged and cut apart, which just means they have a few notes in common.
THINK if there are 8/7 notes in an octave (depending on how you count it) and all octaves have the same notes then you are bound to get songs with the same notes. DUH.
also the smack my b*tch up part was pitch shifted, which is hugely significant, because if you find separate recordings of two people saying the same thing then you can ALWAYS (and with surprisingly little skill) make one identical to the other in basic music editing software. dont get me wrong its an awesome video, just dont go round spouting "the prodigy ripped people off!"
Seriously - It`s not exactly a secret that Liam sampled Kool Keith from Ultramagnetic MC`s. He even got Keith to contribute lyrically to Diesel Power from the same album, Fat of the Land.
Which was released in 1997.
So the geezer or geezette who made this clip took 12 years to figure out what everyone else already knew.
So well done there.
when all is said and done it`s an awesome video.
and go to hell MJ