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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.
 
 
 
xomilkylovexoxomilkylovexo on July 7th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Cyber Bird
I believe that everyone regardless of what arts industry they are in has to have some inspiration or influences. Although I was surprised by the very similar tunes Kanno's being the faster of the 2 songs, maybe it was just her take on the song.

Either way if it was outright plagerism that would be very sad. I did like both songs though.

Do you offer opinions on Bjork's Hyper Ballad and Where does the Ocean go? Also another Kanno track.