Re: Music sampling: Hit or miss?
posted at 10/3/2013 11:01 PM EDT
In response to yogafriend's comment:
In response to polar123's comment:
Music sampling is a legal minefield and headache imo. Many artists will tell you that sampling is nothing more than a lazy, blatant ripoff of another arists creation. Others will say it's a great way to get their music heard, or in front of a new generation of buyers as long as the money is good. What I find funny, is that we as consumers of music think nothing of downloading a song from a music sharing website (not Itunes) without getting the permission of the artist or record label. Artists on the other hand have to get permission to sample music in their songs, otherwise it is copyright infrigment. Just ask Vanilla Ice who ripped off Queens Under Pressure and ridculously tried to prove otherwise.
Sampling works best imo when you combine two totally different elements, era's or styles of music such as Run DMC's Walk This Way and NAS's ina-gadda-da-vida.
RE: legal issues. The mistakes, and/or deliberate attempts at ripoffs have been made, and anyone that violates or does an end run now, should be penalized. Those instances probably occur less often now.
I am a big fan of sampling, and see it as an art unto itself. The more offbeat the better. What a coincidence re: mentioning copyright infringement, because one of the early examples I've always loved is Run DMC's "Can't Touch This" that samples the opening riffs from "Superfreak" (Rick James). Talk about coincidences: I just looked it up while I was here, and sure enough, Rick James was going to sue Hammer for the use of the riffs without his permission. hahaha. Guess how they worked it out? They settled out of court, and Hammer made James the co-composer, thereby allowing James to partake in the millions of dollars the record was raking in. Ha!! Not a bad outcome for James on that one. =)
I loathe sampling in every way. I don't know much about popular things, but wasn't it MC Hammer ripping off (oops, sampling) Rick James on "Can't Touch This"?
Beat, rhythm, harmony, melody and lyrics....isn't that largely what comprises "music"? (feel free to correct me, I'm not a musician). Any of us could make a decent stab at lyrics, and most of us (though not me) could come up with a decent beat.
IMO, it's melody that is king....it's melody you hum unknowingly, and can't forget....and it isn't sold online i.e. "Buy your melody here, just $20 for a killer melody". :-)
IMO, if MC Hammer kept even a single penny of songwriting royalties it was a travesty. I'm afraid to look for fear of disappointment.
I'm a huge, lifelong fan of the Rolling Stones.....and had/have very little interest in the '90s "Britpop" bands including "The Verve".
But I have never been able to hear/understand the issue multi-millionaire Sir Michael Jagger and his multi-millionaire songwriting partner Keith Richards had with them. To wit:
Can anyone explain to me why the Verve thought they needed to purchase "sampling" rights? I don't get it.....other than greed.
I assume it's an Elvis/Chuck Berry thing i.e. if Elvis was Black and Chuck was white.....
.....if the Verve were rich and the Stones were poor.....