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ESTE TEXTO NO ES MIO SINO DE KILLER MIKE

Qué buenos que son Biceps… Ninjatune no falla nunca btw.

Me encanta el deep house retro que hacen estos dos irlandeses nostálgicos, recuperando de manera creativa cierta onda analógica breakbitera y ambient. Sus vivos también son muy originales, tienen cierta vuelta de tuerca. Tienen un blog muy recomendable ( feelmybicep.com ) donde hay mucho material a libre descarga, ahí se pueden ver bien sus gustos e influencias…los de Belfast son claramente dos ñoños freak-eruditos.

Y a diferencia de los chantas de Deep Forest (que a comienzos de los 90s saquearon los archivos de worldmusic de la UNESCO haciéndose millonarios sin pagar regalías a los pueblos de Ghana, las Islas Salomon, etc que las habían producido; su caso de apropiación cultural sirvió para dar inicio a la legislación sobre derechos de propiedad ancestrales en la industria musical), estos dos tomaron para “Apricot” cantos tradicionales de Malawi y donaron las regalías a un orfanato de ahí.

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Tienen no sé si una una política, pero al menos una cierta actitud pionera y muy interesante de “ethical sampling” y de transparencia muy poco frecuente en la industria:

“We’ve never been shy from sampling in our music, but in this day and age, the idea of borrowing sounds from different places or cultures without then giving proper dues and credit doesn’t sit right with us. On Isles we cleared all the samples we used, but that doesn’t go far enough in our opinion. We’re keen to shed light and give context on the samples, where they have come from and how we have used them to be transparent. So we credit everything both on sleeve notes and on DSPs as well as linking to the original music and creators via our website.

Rights ownership is very complex, you never really know who owns the catalogue you’re clearing the sample from, and of course, you don’t know what kind of deals those catalogue owners have with the creators. Especially for those in old label / publishing deals, one isn’t sure if the creators are being rewarded properly or accounted to.

In the case of “Apricots” the rights owner for Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares is a family-owned business with a good reputation so we were satisfied having dealt with them on a couple of simples

However, in the case of the other “Apricots” sample, “Gebede-Gebede Ulendo Wasabwerae,” that was taken from a field recording from the ’70s in Malawi of 8 Elderly Women & 2 Drummers. After clearing it with the correct registered copyright owners we felt that there was basically zero chance that those creators or their community were going to see any of the sample clearance fees or royalties. So we did some further research and chose a Malawian charity and orphanage and have since made a donation. They are currently supporting 36 girls during the reintegration process announced by the government last year and our donation is going towards secondary school and university fees for some of those girls. We are looking forward to continuing to support this charity in the future and are in regular direct contact with them.

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PD: más detalles en este reportaje: https://ra.co/features/3838

 

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