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Comment Re:Slashdot, help me know what to think!?!! (Score 1) 492

Danger Mouse created very unique and original art with his mash-up of Jay-Z's black album with The Beatle's White Album. The bits from the Beatles album were mostly micro-sampled, and not the very recognizable 16-bar phrases like the one in question here. The entire song "Do It" is built around the first 16 bars of Tempest's Acid Jazzed Evening. A full 16 bars is sampled note for note, including the unmistakeable C-64 arpegios, typical of "oldskool" chip music. The original music appears in the song, the arpegios panned left, and the original melody, note-for-note, panned to the right. The vocal melody is a variation of the original melody. This is a case where Timbaland took the first 16 bars of a jazzy, obscure chip song, and developed a pop song around them. I actually like what he did with it, but he didn't give credit where credit is clearly due. Danger Mouse didn't try to hide the fact that he used samples from Beatle's songs. He clearly didn't try to hide the Jay-Z vocals, either. The title of the album refers to both. There is a clear difference. Had Timbaland given credit to the composer, this controversy would not exist.

The State of Digital Music in 2006 127

wh0pper writes "Designtechnica has an excellent article on the state of digital music in 2006. Digital music accounted for only six percent of total music sales in 2005. Yet even that is a massive increase over the year before, a whopping 194 percent, which is fiscally valuable as the sales of CDs continue to decrease (although even with digital sales, the record labels experienced another downturn in 2005). While the young, usually the first to adopt and adapt to new technology, have been downloading and swapping music for quite some time, there's been a ripple effect into the older, warier area of the population, one that will only increase. Thank--or blame--Apple and its iPod, or any of the many other makes selling like hotcakes in the stores.
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Journal Journal: February's Top 10 is growing quickly. Subscribers doubled since the January top 10 lists were posted.

I ran into some server trouble this month, and I quickly redirected the domain to a backup server -- but in the process, I accidentally broke the RSS feed, so that was down for about a week -- still, we managed to pick up more subscribers anyway.


Journal Journal: the great copyright debate

For the last few days, I've been engaged in some usenet debates about copyright law and intellectual property. I have issues with the RIAA. I don't like them. I also don't like the DMCA and all that, so I've made the personal choice to opt out of the whole mess (

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