MUS 15 FINAL REFLECTION - material from other artists that...

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Scott Lee MUS 15 Prof. Hall 30 May 2008 Final Reflection Throughout this course, we have had many discussions about artists “borrowing” material and incorporating it into their own style of music. Many argue that it is wrong to steal ideas, but “stealing” is important to creative evolution (Sakolsky 91). Not only does it provide inspiration and creativity, but it produces new sounds never heard before. Many producers and artists today like to sample existing tunes and make their own creations, and just like the producer Girl talk in the film we watched said, it is a continuing cycle because there is no limit to what can be produced by using existing material. Currently the act of sampling is more prominent than ever, and by utilizing these techniques artists are able to make a name for them and really stand out. Artists like David Bowie, have been known to steal from sources ranging from Anthony Newley and the sixties jazz bands (Waldrep 106). Even though he admitted that he has borrowed
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Unformatted text preview: material from other artists that came before him, he became an “accepted and acknowledged” source of inspiration (Waldrep 107). His ability to tie in elements from other sources allowed him to experience financial success as well. I believe the same goes for other hungry artists who want to share their creativity and ideas with the world. As long as an artists does not blatantly copy another artist or uses a whole song with minor changes as their final product, stealing or borrowing ideas is healthy for music. Even by listening to a song from the past, an artist can become inspired to create something completely new. Sampling, stealing, borrowing are all necessary elements of music that will help future generations understand the fundamentals of music as well as the creative side to it. Bibliography Sakolsky, Ron. Sounding Off! Music as Subversion/Resistance/Revolution. New York: Autonomedia, 1995. Waldrep, Shelton. The Aesthetics of Self-Invention. Minnesota: Regents, 2004....
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