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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.
 
 
(Anonymous) on August 26th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
Re: ...
Old thread, but not a dead thread ;-).

I have no problem with any of this. I'm a huge YK fan. I think I had already read somewhere when I first discovered her that she sometimes mimics genres and specific songs, and since she's a soundtrack artist primarily I don't find that surprising at all. In many cases I would assume someone says, "we want music that sounds like _this_ for our movie, only different enough we don't get sued".

I like her stuff, basically, I don't really care if she listens to Bolero 80 times then rights a cool song based on it. Now if every single one of her works were reinterpretations of an existing tune, that would bum me out a bit, but I don't think that's the case.