I can understand that some music which uses samples has simply been looping up someone elses works and putting drum and bass on it. While that kind of production is pure laziness, looking at the wording of this new law, its no longer o.k to use samples under a certain length (like maybe 1 second). Now it is illegal to use any sound from any existing recording. This must include all drum samples. For example a single snare hit, a single kick drum sample.
Also this law applies to all music sontaining samples which has been released ever.
Take the example of a band like Portishead. They were pretty good, creative, original and had a nice sound and style. They used breaks for drums and existing vinyl recordings for scratching…with this new law they must pay fines…
Any sound from any existing recording includes all turntable scratching, so all scratching is now illegal…
Any sound from any existing recording includes all sample-based drums so all break beat samples, no matter how short you cut the single hits are now illegal.
Another part of the new law says a modified sample that was unrecognisable from the original could be used without permission.
I wonder what constitutes recognizeable?
For example if I open the song in a wave-editor and look at every single second of that song in extreme detail I may be able to “recognize” some sound that came from somewhere else.
I could use a computer program to scan thousands of songs and line up “recognizable” waveforms against entire catalogs of music from the 40s, 50s, and 60s…that is the actual waveforms may be “recognizable” to a computer program.
Say I take a nice snare from an old funk record, at what point does it become “unrecognizable”. How many effects? just a reverb? or a reverb and a flanger and a delay?
At this point it may still be technically "recognizable.
Its like the last 35-40 years of music just became illegal.
Personally I like a mix of samples from existing recordings and stuff done with synths.
From now on its drum machines and samplepacks only I guess?
This will take so much character away from music…
next thing you know they will want you to pay a fine for using someone elses guitar tone or drumbeat…the same drumbeat has been used a thousand times already, same with guitar tones.
First they closed down all the old ‘acid’ music that used synths, stating that this terrible music causes drug deaths and voilence and so on, then they closed down all sample based music stating that it is plagiarism and ‘ganster’ and promotes violence and drugs and so on…but in the metal world you can shout ‘white power’ (phil anselmo - pantera) or ‘aryan race’ (slayer) on stage and no one will say you are inciting violence…in the classical world you can be an all-out fascist supporting hitler (like Wagner)…no one will say you are inciting violence…seems like yet another arrogant and disgusting set of double standards.
they want to ban ‘gangster music’ that promotes the selling of cocaine, but then openly say that they use cocaine (michael gove, a british politician)…or they say that they use cocaine but that “it may have been icing sugar” (boris johnson)…so they want to ban cocaine music, but still take cocaine and fascist music is o.k, but no samples and ban cannabis because it is “like crack”, but they still like crack!!! (mayor of toronto)