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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:



edit I was totally beaten by a lot.
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dewaasheid on April 25th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
In this case 0952 is actually newer than Rakuen. And I wouldn't call this case plagiarism either, and I don't think Rakuen was even an inspirational source for 0952
sonedo on April 26th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
So it is, sorry and thanks for the correction. Won't happen again.
(Anonymous) on May 14th, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
hey, Im a Yoko kanno fan since I can remember... ive been researching about YK and came across this thread. I always had a kind of expectation towards YK, but when I think about it, most of the songs I heard from her gave me this feeling of familiarity,,, as if I heard it from somewhere else, I thought one time that that must be the reason why I like her so much because I heard her songs somewhere before or the structure of the melody is somewhat universal..... acutally the hyperballad from Bjork (not a fan) VS where does this ocean go?, gave me the creeps, like, ughh, what is this?.. Guess I should be careful when listening i guess. True enough YKs style and feel is unique,, but I dont know, something is just wrong, I dont know if its with her or with people not liking her, Im just saying maybe theres something that I dont know.
(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.