[rumori] So whatchall think of phat beats?

The Evolution Control Committee (eccATpobox.com)
Sat, 10 Jul 1999 13:22:16 -0400

    I was just writing to Steev and ended up writing on a topic that I'd
solicit a dialogue about. For the last couple years I've been DJing weekly
at a techno-oriented night where I'm mixing not only beat-oriented
techno-ish tracks but also a lot of found sounds and thrift records and so
on. It's given me a bit of appreciation for some of the copyright-bending
that's going on in the DJ and turntablist worlds as well as the more
familiar Rumori-oriented realms.

    One thing that's surprised me a little is just how large of a canyon
there is between samplists like the ones on Rumori and DJ-oriented
samplists like Kid Koala and QBert/Invisibl Skratch Picklz and so on. They
really share a lot between each other, except that the Rumori types
probably abhor (kinda) the idea of phat beats, and maybe wearing anything
with the Nike swoosh on it (actually that's kinda passe in the DJ world
too). But there's a lot of appropriation in the DJ world that relates, like
re-using familiar corporate logos in one's own graphics and using
unauthorized samples for your music and DJ mixes. The whole notion of DJ
culture, where the DJ is at once a musician (a "creator" of music) and a DJ
(a "broadcaster" of music) blurs the line of intellectual property
ownership and musical credit quite nicely.

     Comments? Thoughts? Poison trifle bombs? By the way, have a listen to
a couple amusing DJ syncs I did... there are three mp3s in this directory:


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