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Posted by on Mar 12, 2009 in Arts & Entertainment | 2 comments

ThruYou: Remix Masterpiece

Lessig Says:

So it may well have taken the makers of this amazing remix (and others available at more time to make this than it took me to write my book, REMIX. But whether or not it did, this is, to borrow the point from my friend David Post’s fantastic book, Jefferson’s Moose. Watch this, and you’ll understand everything and more than what I try to explain in my book… If you come to the Net armed with the idea that the old system of copyright is going to work just fine here, this more than anything is going to get you to recognize: you need some new ideas.

Thank you, ThruYou.

Merlin Mann, quotes a friend, So amazing, so illegal. What are we going to do with you, future?

Unsolicited tip for media company c-levels: if your reaction to this crate of magic is “Hm. I wonder how we’d go about suing someone who ‘did this’ with our IP?” instead of, “Holy crap, clearly, this is the freaking future of entertainment,” it’s probably time to put some ramen on your Visa and start making stuff up for your LinkedIn page.

Because, this is what your new Elvis looks like, gang. And, eventually somebody will figure out (and publicly admit) that Kutiman, and any number of his peers on the “To-Sue” list, should be passed from Legal down to A&R. [READ ON]

Roi Carthy at TechCrunch, Kutiman Killed the Video Star:

If you haven’t heard of Kutiman yet you’re about a week late on the latest music sensation to be incubated on the Web. Ophir Kutiel, aka Kutiman, is an Israeli musician and producer that released a project titled Thru You on the Web seven days ago. It has since garnered over a million views and generated a buzz both on the blogosphere and on Twitter.

The project consists of seven music tracks/videos that are made exclusively from video material found on YouTube. Kutiman spent 3 months in his bedroom splicing and dicing over one hundred videos for samples of singers and instruments—from guitars, pianos, drums and harps, to synthesizers, a bouzouki and even a cash register.

Another Kutiman creation here.

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  • pacatrue

    Fascinating. It seems like it’s basically the same technique as using loops, such as in Garageband or other software, to create a new work, except that it’s YouTube videos and it’s amateurs creating the loops instead of professionals. Very cool indeed. This does seem to be part of the future. It’s one more step in the progression of recordings becoming musical instruments in themselves. For a hundred years now, music creation has moved further and further from a process of first active music creation with passive recording to a system where the recording itself is part of the musical creation. The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds was one big step in that direction from 40 years ago. This and its ilk is yet another step.

  • BBQ

    It’s definitely interesting and unique. I don’t exactly see a future for it because I am not sure there really is a huge market for this. But I could be wrong, being a musician myself I tend to like, as Pacatrue says, first active music creation.

    What is really great though is that he lists people’s youtube links there by giving credit to the original artists. That was my biggest problem back in the day about remixes and rappers is they didn’t give credit to the original artists.

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