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27 February 2007 @ 08:39 pm
Yoko Kanno = Plagiarism?  
So I was going to play some Civ 4 with Nico and the gang today and I heard a familiar song coming from his room. I was like "oh hey, you're playing Hooverphonic." and Nico was like "zuh."

Turns out the song he was listening to was Cyberbird from Ghost in the Shell: Stand-Alone Complex (2002). I listened for a little bit and I was pretty freaking astounded. This was exactly like Battersea, from Blue Wonder Power Milk (1998). It had the same instruments, same tempo, same drum beat, same key, same kind of singing... so after I listened to THAT SONG, I connected to my library through iTunes and played Battersea. Everyone was like "you are totally playing the same song Jeffrey you must be joking."

But man. I mean, the songs are different enough... but in terms of style, Yoko Kanno's got some serious steeeeeaaaaling going on. Take a look for yourself:

Battersea

Cyberbird

edit I was totally beaten by a lot.
 
 
 
placidian on May 28th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
This thread is ancient, but I just found it.
It's little depressing, similar to when I became aware that Led Zeppelin did a lot of uncredited borrowing.

I've read in interviews with film music composers that many times they're given (by the director?) a 'temp' score of other composers' music, and asked to do something similar.
But wow, the examples (from the forum link, and youtube) are way beyond similar. Maybe her workload is too much!

Now that I think of it, I also recall a web page devoted to listing all of the times Keith Emerson had borrowed/riffed on classical melodies, etc. A VERY long list, ha! Many his influences are in the public domain, tho.