I know this song…. hmm I am sure I have heard this before ….I will torrent it

Image sourced: Google

Have you ever been dancing in a nightclub, listening to the radio or searching the internet for new tunes and recognised a part in a song?

Don’t worry, it is not just you this happens to a lot of individuals and for a good reason.

Audio samples are material elements of musical history. As many remixed songs which you will be listening to today have been remixed using breaks within music.

To simply define a break, “A break is a point of rupture in their former contexts, points at which the thematic elements of a musical piece are suspended and the underlying rhythms brought centre stage” (Rose, Tricia 1994)

Many new remixes simply replay break points  from an orginial song to make a new song that is seen to be easier to dance to or renewed so the current generation will enjoy the music. However I believe in this being a great art form and those who create these songs are talented. Though I also believe in the original artist retaining royalties to their work, as they also are an artist. This is where  underground remixing is problematic as the original drummer who supplied that drum beat has no gain from them using his work nor did he consent to it, most of the time.

This also leads to the issue of file sharing. When I was in year eight everyone was using Bearshare or Limewire. These sites made it incredibly easy to gain any music I desired. I also feel this is not right for the original artists. Yes this is good for those of us which did not want to buy a whole album for one song, and for people who could simply not afford  it. But I would like to bring attention to those artists who spend time, money and place emotion into their product to have it simply:

Ripped, Burned and Shared.

The saying sharing is caring I feel this does not apply here. If everyone was to share and care the artist would make estimated $21 from their album as it would only take one person to purchase it before everyone could access it digitally for free.

A famous case of an artist taking a stand was Metallica’s lawsuit against Napster. Metallica were condemned in the media and by many members of the public, however as a Metallica fan I am on their side. Yes many were saying they are rich they can afford to lose some profit but look at it in a different light. This is their job, their product, their service and we are paying them for a product as I would when I buy a computer. Also Metallica had the money and power to take Napster to court in return saving smaller bands from losing valuable profits if their music was shared with no royalties paid.                                                                                                                                                                               Image sourced: Google

So please yes sharing is caring but think before you digitally share.

That’s all folks,

Until next time,



Whelan, A 2012, Rip/Mix/ Burn: music sampling and the rise of remix culture, lecture, BCM112, University of Wollongong, delivered 23rd April.

Rose, Tricia 1994, Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary AmericaLondon: Wesleyan University Press: 73-74

Other’s are hyperlinked through out.


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