But can you, really, dance to it? Alan Wexelblat says yes, but the copyright part? Some pretty complicated steps:
I think that modern dance music, particularly the mash-up [based on DJs who use various technologies such as turntables, mixers, and effects boxes to produce sounds using two or more original recordings], is one of the most Copyfight-challenging and lively art forms out there. And since it has hit the mainstream media, finally, I expect to see more public culture clashes over it this year. . .
The notion that DJ/remixers are just blindly copying or reusing without innovation is just flat-out wrong. Apprentices may copy without much added skill, much as apprentice painters sit and copy masterwork paintings for hours on end to learn their craft. But as they learn they also learn to add their own creative elements and styles, producing new works that are based on the source material in the way so many art forms of past decades have done.
Alex makes it clear in this post that he’s planning an extensive exploration–musical as well as legal–into this mashy business. (If he’s already begun that beguine I can’t find it on his blog, which is to blog navigation what I am to Terpsichore.)
I hope he tells us when it’s over, and what the answers are.