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Other Cinema: Remix Masters

30 March 2010 11:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

April 3

8:00 p.m.

Ata Gallery

992 Valencia (@ 21st)

San Francisco, CA

Hosted by: Other Cinema

Love the 1922 silent film Nosferatu directed by F.W. Murnau? Well, you’re going to love it a whole lot more with a new, live modern soundtrack performed by the Evolution Control Committee. But, here’s the real gimmick: The new soundtrack is composed entirely of soundtracks from other movies that Ecc will DJ live as the film unspools.

Culling snippets from The Sound of Music, Jaws, Dr. No, Star Wars, Eraserhead and dozens more, the Ecc spin the vinyl soundtracks into one amazingly unified score. To witness a sample of this amazing process, check out the video below.

And, in addition to Nosferatu, there will be a screening of the documentary Copyright Criminals directed by Kembrew McLeod and Ben Franzen, which examines the history, controversy and ongoing debate over music sampling. Featured in the doc are Public Enemy, »

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[DVD Review] Copyright Criminals

9 February 2010 9:34 AM, PST | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

The music industry is changing. Anybody who's been paying attention to the past 10 years should know that. There are controversies to how the record labels react to technology's role, especially that of the internet's, in diminishing the respect towards copyrighted materials. Namely, their efforts in suing the fans for disproportionate amounts of money, more as a threat for others than a real hunt for justice.

Interesting to note—and this hourlong documentary serves as a reminder—that the fight had already begun about a decade or two earlier; started, not surprisingly, by emerging hip hop artists of the time. Names like Public Enemy and De La Soul are hip hop legends now, but there was a time when they were regarded as thieves.

Copyright Criminals examines the history of sampling and the close relationship between being brilliant mixers and outlaws. Once upon a time, sampling required only the keen ear »

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