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(Many in the 8-bit collective community at least claim they’re pro-sampling.) There’s a difference in this case, though: the tune in question is Creative Commons-licensed.
It’s possible Crystal Castles thought, incorrectly, that that meant "free." However, the CC license used specifically requires attribution, non-commercial use, and that the derivative work be released under the same license — that’s three strikes against Crystal Castles.
Their musical style has been described as having “ferocious, asphyxiating sheets of warped two-dimensional Gameboy glitches and bruising drum bombast pierce [the] skull with sheer shrill force, burrowing deep into the brain like a fever”. ♥♥♥ See also the previous posts with Crystal Castles: Knights and Crimewaves.
Links: Official page, My Space, Last FM, Wikipedia. This entry was posted on November 6, 2008 at pm and is filed under 8bit music, alternative, domnux's favourites, electro, electro clash, electro pop, electro trash, electronic, music blog.
Noted chiptune musician Marc Nostromo (M-.-n) writes us with a detailed explanation: 1.
CC, it wasn’t before the story got found out: ‘unreleased’ track of them ‘bitter hearts’ is just a mash up of several lo-bat tracks with ugly drums on it. B) Crystal Castles has been getting a lot press using the image of getting sounds nobody did before by using modified old console chips and is somehow stealing the whole ‘concept’ that the chiptune community is based on, and now we discover that rather than thanking the very own ground of this, they actually ripped the guts of it.
It’s actually not the first time they steal someone else’s artwork, there’s been quite a big issue about them using someone else’s drawing for their own stuff. In that case, Crystal Castles "found" an image that they decided to use without credit for promotional materials in the hopes that "the artist might reveal themselves." Then, when that artist reveal himself, it seems the band strung him along about payment and used the artwork on everything from an album cover to t-shirts without permission.
As using sounds produced on unusual 8-bit systems and game consoles grows in popularity, some artists are appropriating the music as their own.
Sometimes, as with Beck, a well-known or better-marketed artist is using lesser-known artists for purposes of novelty.
Gameboy sounds are hard to get and the chances of getting the same complex sound lo-bat can get is absolutety zero. You must give the original author credi t 2- Non-Commercial. It’s quite a big deal since a LOT of artists are trusting creative commons and this story puts the license to doubt, since it seems people can break it and use other people’s work to look cool or build a hype.