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Love Lies & Skye

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

A few years ago I played some drum tracks for singer, song writer Skye Pixton. Those tracks are now part of an online EP release from Skye. Head on over to Skye’s MySpace page and give ’em a listen. Maybe buy them if you like them. She’s a great talent that I’ve love see come over to the East Coast for some exposure.

Skye is based in Portland Oregon and a big hit on the northern west coast music scene. You can read about her at SkyePixton.com.

The tunes I played on are: Don’t Be Runnin’, Baby Love, Only You Know, Weight of the World and Away From You. These songs are also available for download from Amazon.com.

And by the way, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything but many new videos are in the works.

Spammed!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

This is just temporary while I rebuild my database. You’ll notice the old posts slowly come back online as I rebuild.

Please standby.

In the mean time, check out some music by composer Alan Sentman.

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Copyright, Cultural Stagnation and the Amen Break

Friday, September 21st, 2007

The Amen Break. Even if you don’t know what that is, you’ve likely heard it countless times. This 4-bar drum break from the song “Amen, Brother” on the B side of the Grammy Award winning “Color Him Father” by The Winstons is the groove that has most frequently been sampled for use in Hip-Hop, Jungle, and so-called drum and bass music. It is still in wide use today. This commentary and analysis from Nate Harrison (the video, I’m certain, was added later to make the recording suitable for YouTube and therefore reach a wider audience) details the history of the Amen Break and the many artists who used samples of the break as the basis for new compositions. Harrison also looks into the ramifications of copyright law in relation to creativity and pop culture.

This is pretty informative. Give it a listen. (There’s nothing to see in the video except the vinyl spinning.) I think he’s right about the stifling of creativity under heavy copyright law.