This page documents some of the many appropriations of chipmusic: trolls, samplers, remixers and plagiarists. The purpose is not to dismiss any uses, but to document a tendency that was much debated in the chip- and demoscene during the 00′s. Also check 8bitcollective’s Hall of Shame, MOD Archive’s Hall of Shame, threads at pouet & csdb and Saga Musix re Timelord.
TV Death Squad (2009). American artist using music from Random, Mesu Kasumai, Goto80, Psilodump, Ten and Tracer, Combatdave, Wiklund. Denied plagiarism accusations. chipflip
Laromlab (2008). Album-release and USA-tour, claiming authorship to previously released chipmusic mostly without modifying the original. Public apology followed. Details at Crazy Q’s page. Original songs by Dubmood, Crazy Q, Dma-Sc, Aleksi Eeben, Lotek Style, Gasman, Ikuma, Random, and Goto80.
(This list is of course nowhere near complete)
Dam Funk & Computer Jay – Strange Days (2010). Samples the c-64 soundtrack to R-Type by Chris Hülsbeck.
Rusko – Bionic Commando remix (2009). Remix of the game song. Not released on a label. discogs
Crystal Castles (2008). Heavy sampling and rearrangement of songs by Lo-Bat, and a beat-snippet sampled from Covox (spectral analysed by nitro2k01). No legal action taken. Civilised blog-post here and chiphate here. A bizarre detail is how Crystal Castles and Timbaland have used the same pulsewave-arpeggios in their songs (although a rather generic progression) – check it.
Timbaland (2007). Acid Jazzed Evening was used in this song, produced by Timbaland. Original Amiga composition by Tempest but Timbaland used GRG’s C64-cover of the song. Check out this torrent or this youtube-clip to get the idea. Details at the wikipedia-article. Currently (September 2009) Tempest is “not talking about it” while GRG is still in a legal process.
Fitts for Fight (2007). Using songs from micromusic.net and the demoscene and putting vocals on top. Details in the micromusic statement. Public apology followed. Original songs by Stu, Binärpilot, DVD Heijden, 505, 8BitWeapon, DRX, Kluster Bounce, Arachno, and Yerzmey.
Egotronic – Exportschlager Leitkultur (2006). Samples Monty on the Run by Rob Hubbard. source
Deadmau5 – Edit Your Friends (2005). Samples Tim Follin’s Spectrum-song Chronos.
Abe Duque – Champagne Days, Cocaine Nights (2003). Extensively samples the C64-tune Knight Tyme by David Whittaker. Excerpt from Duque’s tune here. According to discogs credits are in the notes of the record.
Diplo – Diplo Rhythm (2004). Uses the music from the NES-game Platoon throughout the whole song. Released on Big Dada. youtube
Logic Bomb – Extension (2000). Samples the Amiga mod Cyberride by Jester.
Hardy Hard – Silver Surfer (1999). Based on the Amiga mod Beams of Light by Walkman.
Monotrona (1998-2003). Used various C64-songs and added vocals. More info here.
Anton Maiden (1998-2000?). Used MOD- and General MIDI-covers of Iron Maiden, put vocals on it and released it on a label. chipflip
Blitter vs Hrvatski – Nuclear Cats Get New Home (1998). Samples various C64-songs (Wizball, Flash Gordon, Turbo Outrun?). youtube
Dimmu Borgir – Sorgens Kammer (1996). Covering Tim Wright’s musicfrom the Amiga game Agony without credit.
Hardsequencer – Magic Flight (1994). Based on the Amiga song Stardust Memories by Jester. music+info
Paul Johnson – Psycho Kong (1994). 8 songs based on samples from Donkey Kong. discogs
Power-Pill – Pac-Man (1992). Aphex Twin samples Pacman. discogs
(maybe add that old mash-up with Whitney Houston and Arkanoid? Computadora Feliz?)
Jamster – Crazy Frog (200?). Using Bodenständig 2000‘s song ‘In Rock 8 Bit’ in Crazy Frog TV-ads without permission. See comment field for more info.
Swedish Radio P3 (2007-2010?). The comedy program Pang Prego used cut-up versions of Goto80′s song Pappap as a jingle throughout the season – without permission, without crediting.
Sally Shapiro / Johan Agebjörn (2006). A cover of Overload by Mantronix (aka Martin Wall) – as mentioned in the linear notes. info
Scooter – The Stadium Techno Experience (2003). “Level 1″ – main melody covered from Chris Hülsbeck’s song “Freedom” for Turrican (2?). “A Little Bit Too Fast” samples the song “I Am Rushin’” by Chris Hülsbeck according to wikipedia.
Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400 (1999). Main melody covered from David Whittaker’s Lazy Jones (subtrack21). According to NME Whittaker received money for it. Currently (March 2010) there is a lawsuit in process.
MOD-rippers. The Mod Archive had a Rippers Listing, now located here. An extreme example of mod-appropriation is when the PC-composers Purple Motion and Unreal got their songs appropriated by Jay Newingham. Check details here. Actually, the songs are still around in his own name – here. If you search for “jay” on this page you can see how a discussion about copyright in the demoscene could loook like, in the light of this case. Dj Distance ripped off mods in 2003, read about it here. Dj Isabelle ripped off mods in 2000, read about it here.