By Charles Fairchild

This e-book marks the 10th anniversary of The gray Album. the net unlock and movement of what risk Mouse referred to as his 'art venture' was once an unforeseen watershed within the turn-of-the-century brawls over electronic inventive perform. The album's suppression encouraged frequent electronic civil disobedience and taken a sequence of contests and conflicts over inventive autonomy within the on-line global to mainstream understanding. The gray Album highlighted, by means of its very shape, the profound adjustments wrought through the recent 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 a big and compelling case learn concerning the prestige of the album as a cultural shape in an period while the album seems to be wasting its coherence and tool. possibly most significantly, The gray Album concerns since it adjustments how we expect concerning the traditions of musical perform of which it's a half.

probability Mouse created a extensive, artistic statement on types 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 near to who will get to take advantage of new know-how and the way. The conflict over The gray Album struck on the middle of the very legitimacy of a protracted regarded and valued type of musical expression: the translation of the paintings of 1 artist via one other.

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