Ernie Miller posts a thought on the The Grey Album: The Grey Album - No Copying Necessary.
Educated Guesswork has an insightful response to the ongoing Grey Album controversy (Infringing mixes). The proposal is that rather than distribute the fully remixed version of the Beatle's White Album with Jay-Z's Black Album, one could distribute the mechanical instructions for remixing the albums: a remix recipe if you will. Those interested in the Grey Album would have to have access to both the White Album and Black Album in order to make use of the recipe, but the traditional elements of copyright would not be implicated in such a scheme. I believe that this is a brilliant model for our rip-mix-burn culture.
I just listened to the Grey Album (a friend played it for me) and it's excellent. Some are more Beatle-like than others, and some are more Jay-Z. But very well done. Imagine a whole new genre of digital recipes, where you take your CD's and your DVD's and your pictures and your video news and you mix it, and send out the directions. Then maybe it's not just a joke with The Color Purple and Hall and Oates but something we do, we trade, we mix, and then just pass along the directions to friends. I may be up all night playing with this.
Update 022004: Check out the Grey Tuesday protest set for February 24th.
Posted by Mary Hodder at February 18, 2004 11:58 PM