Re: Hmmmmm

Subject: Re: Hmmmmm
From: Kevin Busby (
Date: Tue May 18 1999 - 07:39:53 EDT

Chris Rolfe wrote:
>Still, to turn your point on its head, my
>environment comprises a lot of electroacoustic material, from Muzak to
>boom-cars to my neighbours loud party last Wednesday. Should I be barred
>from using any field recording containing an incidental snippet of Britney,
>or a Muzak track?

If one is repeatedly subjected to Britney's music against one's will, it
could be argued that one has certain rights (if not a duty!) to recycle it.
Uplifting reading on the media environment are available, as ever, from
Negativland. See, for example,
("The act of appropriating from this media assault represents a kind of
liberation from our status as helpless sponges which is so desired by the
advertisers who pay for it all. It is a much needed form of self-defense
against the one-way, corporate-consolidated media barrage...")

Unfortunately the site does not seem to have been updated to comment on
recent developments.

Kevin Busby, Studio Manager, Department of Music, University of Birmingham,
Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, England. Tel: +44-(0)121-414 5785.
Fax: +44-(0)121 414 5781. If your email to me bounces, please see No to GE crops.

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