Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Even though Polow Da Don used stock sounds on "Hero" it doesn't mean the record is not great ...

"Good artists borrow, great artists steal" - Pablo Picasso

and it is still my favorite song from Nas "Untitled" album. There is nothing particularly wrong in using stock sounds in the software, as long as you don't just make a whole song out of loops only ... The preset sounds are not copyrighted, it is not the same as sampling but nobody owns them either. How about most popular chart-topping songs using a few of the same chord progression and are hundreds of jazz standard songs built over the chord progression I VI II V not cool enough? Now we have software presets, even if you use them in a beat you still add other parts of arrangement which compose and music is about taking some idea which could be the most common or even known one and playing around it. A human brain does not invent anything, it only changes, alters and discovers what is already known. even when you hear a melody while sleeping and it just comes to you. Creativity is about that. Most people can't or don't want to develop ability to change things themselves and be creative. As to the music, it is never a beat on it's own, it's the actual lyrics and melody that make the whole record, it's how the beat can inspire the artist to write and perform a great song. What's the difference between using preset sounds in a song and using the same rhythmic and melodic patterns in the songs of traditional societies?

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