By Charles Fairchild
This ebook marks the 10th anniversary of the gray Album. the net unencumber and stream of what hazard Mouse known as his 'art project' was once an unforeseen watershed within the turn-of-the-century brawls over electronic artistic perform. The album's suppression encouraged common electronic civil disobedience and taken a chain of contests and conflicts over inventive autonomy within the on-line international to mainstream understanding. the gray Album highlighted, through its very shape, the profound adjustments wrought via the hot expertise and represented the fight over the tectonic shifts within the construction, distribution and intake of track. yet this isn't why it concerns.
The gray Album issues since it is greater than only a smart, if legally ambiguous, amalgam. it truly is an incredible and compelling case research in regards to the prestige of the album as a cultural shape in an period while the album seems to be wasting its coherence and gear. probably most significantly, the gray Album issues since it adjustments how we expect concerning the traditions of musical perform of which it's a half.
Danger Mouse created a wide, creative statement on kinds of musical creativity that experience outlined all types of song for hundreds of years: borrowing, appropriation, homage, derivation, allusion and citation. The fight over this album wasn't with regards to who will get to exploit new know-how and the way. The conflict over the gray Album struck on the center of the very legitimacy of a protracted recognized and valued kind of musical expression: the translation of the paintings of 1 artist by way of one other.
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Not everyone agreed with the practice. ”35 By the start of 2002, the single was meant to be a nostalgic remnant of a bygone era. 36 Despite efforts by some to revive the format, such as five- and six-track “singles” sold at higher prices, or re-releases of “classic tracks” that avoided cannibalization, the matter appeared to be closed. This final attempt in 1999 to bury the single once and for all was telling as the music industry unwittingly picked what was probably the absolute worst moment in history to try and finish the job: 1999, the year Napster appeared.
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Danger Mouse's The Grey Album (33 1/3 Series) by Charles Fairchild