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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 February 10th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
Re: ...
I agree that it's disappointing. But I don't agree that it's shocking and actually "stealing". It is moral hypocrisy to be so nitpicking about it, or else you wouldn't link to Youtube for legally uncovered samples or offer whole mp3s for download to compare. That's just pathetic, but this bigotry can be found all over the net. A mob has found a victim for accusations and because the accused one is talented, everything is made more shocking and terrible than it usually would be.

I think she is still a great composer who has done dozens of pieces and songs by herself and I also think that this plagiarism is actually covered either by some agreements or "rules".