Is sampling recorded music to create new works a form of artistic expression or, quite simply, a crime?
Slayers Club and The Hub of the JCCSF present three events in one – a film screening, expert discussion panel and live musical performance – all happening on Thursday, September 23rd at Mighty (119 Utah St).
As seen on PBS’s Independent Lens and at the Toronto International Film Festival, Copyright Criminals (a film by Ben Franzen and Kembrew McLeod) takes a close look at the creative and legal implications of sampling music in the digital age through the eyes of well-known artists, activists and industry insiders. Featuring interviews with Clyde Stubblefield (“The Funky Drummer”), Chuck D of Public Enemy, DJ Shadow and many more.
Steve Stein, aka Steinski, rode the pulse of the New York City underground in the early 80’s and emerged as a cult hip-hop hero. Stein co-produced the series of records known as The Lessons for the Tommy Boy label. These analog tape cut-and-paste collages, still widely bootlegged (and wildly illegal), are generally acknowledged as three of the most influential works in the world of hip-hop and dance music production. Steinski has been cited as a definitive influence by music luminaries including DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist and Fatboy Slim.
The night will also feature live music performances by Amp Live, the Zion I producer who was recently entangled in a legal battle over his bootlegged Radiohead remix work, The Polish Ambassador, who has been called “the West Coast, more sophisticated version of Girl Talk”, will present his new project, Ample Mammal, local favorite Kid Kameleon (XLR8R, Surya Dub), prolific MC/DJ/Producer Joe Mousepad, Rich DDT (LoveTechSF) and the eclectic Slayers Club DJ’s (Daly City Records).
Following the film screening will be an expert speakers panel including Steinski, Amp Live, hip-hop historian, Jeff Chang, Tim Jones of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and entertainment lawyer Tony Berman. The panel will be moderated by legal ethnomusicologist Larisa Mann (aka DJ Ripley).
Fresh from appearances at Nightlife at the Academy of Science and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is a fresh interactive music technology workshop by LoveTech SF (www.lovetechsf.com), including a multi-player, MIDI-controlled sampler system. Think Rock Band on steroids!
On the visual spectrum, attendees will experience live mashups all night by VJ Allofitnow! (Slayers Club) and live graffitti by local artist Nick Fregosi.
Doors at 7pm
Film Screening at 8:30pm
Panel Discussion at 9:30pm
Steinski plays at 10:30pm to be followed by Amp Live, Polish Ambassador and Slayers Club DJ’s
$8 in advance / $10 at the door
Advance Tickets available on September 1st at Brown Paper Tickets
you can RSVP on Facebook (but it'snot the same as buying tix, just lets us know you are coming)