Archived from on November 19, 2010. The label gained immediate notoriety from legal threats surrounding , a compilation made exclusively from sampling 's music. . How much longer will anything in art be considered new instead of a new representation of an old idea? Illegal Art also released the Retrospective, spanning his work from 1983—2006. Kevin Ceballos I have definitely heard of a few Girl Talk songs and what he does is truly creative. Mashups, though, do not necessarily do either.
I cannot imagine artists getting mad at him for what he does. Gregg Gillis aka Girl Talk is best known for his wild live shows, super hot beats and, most controversially, that his music is entirely derived from other popular artists. Released November 15, 2010 chronology 2008 All Day 2010 All Day is the fifth by American musician Gregg Gillis, known by his stage name. Gillis takes small clips from songs, often eliminating all but one intended instrument or sound, and combines many songs together to form a new entity which cannot be easily identified with a single artist. Regardless, both sides agree that the current method of distribution of Girl Talk's songs plays a key role in keeping the controversy out of the courts.
Ultimately, I think that what he does is an art and although it is different from the cover form, by mixing elements of songs together he is creating original work. Others strongly support this claim such as Congress Representative who argues that copyright law has grown so restrictive that it impedes creativity. Covers of a single song can se rve as a marketing tool, helping an artist's work become more popular, or can, if the work is sold commercially, help the original artist make some money. The most famous contemporary American mashup artist is Gregg Gillis, a retired biomedical engineer who performs under the name. This was followed by two other theme-based compilations, Extracted Celluloid and Commercial Ad Hoc. Here is an example of one of Girl Talk's many mashups: Anonymous When I think of recent music, covers are the farthest thing from my mind. Still, while it is all available for free download, he is profiting from this in other ways and there if definitely a legal argument against him.
They are not necessarily a useful marketing tool for the original artists, and do not allow the creator to gain additional profit. Gregg considers it fair use and positive promotion for other artists. For example, if Girl Talk takes music from a wide enough array of musicians and genres than they are not copying any one particular artist too heavily and so avoid copyright problems. Chinny Sharma I think that this kind of music sounds, in theory, like the essay we discussed in class that directly plagiarizes lines from various famous works of literature and compiles them to create a new and unique story. Farnsworth pseudonym Genre , , , , , Country of origin United States Official website Illegal Art is a that was started in.
On top of the distinct disparity between plagiarism and Girl Talk's music, he lets listeners download his music completely for free. Archived from on August 30, 2015. Archived from on October 5, 2011. In addition, Gillis does not pay musicians to use their songs. A takes songs or sounds from other artists and combines them to form a single unified song. Other sources have created time listings to assist in studying the music. It does make me question how vast creativity really can be though.
This just goes to show the extent of Gillis's passion and his true intentions. Girl Talk does take beats, lyrics or both from various songs and does aggregate them in a unique fashion to create a new song however the final product sounds nothing like any of the original songs and therefore does not infringe on their intellectual brainchild. I haven't run into a recognizable cover in a long time. Illegal Art Founded 1998 Founder Philo T. Archived from on December 14, 2011. I am constantly stunned by how the same beat can span across 3 different rap songs and come out with a completely new and seemingly original product. Gillis for the legality of his work and claims that there is currently an impetus for a more open exchange of culture and media.
Interestingly enough the current record label of Girl Talk is called. The album was originally released as a free digital download by on November 15, 2010. In a way, his songs pay an homage to the original artists; although plagiarism usually takes little effort, it is apparent that Girl Talk's music requires careful planning. As debates over copyright are fueled by the ever growing remix, mashup and digital sampling culture we now live in, we have to ask ourselves- Is it ok to have so many restrictions, with the threat of legal action, on what is fair game for making art? Mashups do, however, contribute to an environment in which digital media and collaboration are encouraged, which, as future blog posts will address, may help change the future of music. According to the : The fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching including multiple copies for classroom use , scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. All three were co-released with 's label and sponsored by.
One of the most popular artists on the label is Gregg Gillis , who in 2006 released his third album, , to critical acclaim on the label, earning a Rave Award a year later. After these theme-based compilations, Illegal Art focused on artist releases. Gillis composed the album using overlapping of 372 songs by other artists. Regardless of the legality of mashups, their impact on the musical community is difficult to examine. It is also, music conceptually, so interesting to see how recognizable tunes become so immersed within a mash-up when joined with other recognizable tunes that they carry a new meaning altogether even when the actual clip of the song is entirely unchanged. .