I am just going to start off saying that I really did not understand at all what he was trying to say by writing this book and sorry that it is so long.
Rhythmic Cinema:”The selection of sound becomes narrative” (85). I find this so true, that beats can change your mood and convey a storyline to the listener. In DTC 355, we looked at an author who liked to just read the rap lyrics without listening to the beats. After he listened to the music along with the words, he was surprised at how it changed the context and meanings of the sentences. How someone chooses to rearrange sounds is a reflection of the effect they want the music to have on a listener.
Rhythmic Space: “Speaking in code, we live in a world so utterly infused with digitality that it makes even the slightest action ripple across the collection of data bases we call the web” (89). He is saying that we are all connected through the web and it gets rid of the physical and temporal barrier that we face outside the web. If something is posted on the web, everyone can see it right when it was posted, regardless of the time zones and such. We can keep up on current events or trends from across the world at the click of a button and share these things with others.
Errata Erratum: “All in all, the creative act is not performed by the creator alone; the spectator brings the work into contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act” (97). I like this quote because it reminds me of both Weinberger and Jenkins in that he is saying that users add their own piece to the music. We ‘read’ the music through our own experiences and sometimes take it and change it to reflect our different experiences.
The Future is Here: “It’s almost exactly a social approximation of the way web culture collapses distinctions between geography and expression, and it’s almost as if the main issues of the day are all about hos people are adjusting to the peculiarity of being in a simultaneous yet unevenly distributed world” (105) Here is he comparing how hip-hop is like the web in that it breaks down cultural barriers such as language or social norms. He mentioned that his friend didn’t speak English but that they were communicating through the beats of music.
The Prostitute: “In both cases you must realize that it’s not about a person, but the locus of intent and the negative dialectics of a role-playing game where your demands of a person are based just as much on their willingness to play a role as on the basic fact that the money being handed over is an emblem of your time and energy.” (108) I am not sure exactly what he is trying to say with this quote but I felt like he was saying that it doesn’t matter who you are but what matters is the role that you play and the roles other people play. We expect people to play the role that we lay out for them, especially if money is involved and we hold them to those standards, which are also laid over us.
I ended up looking up songs by Timbaland. I was surprised at how few songs he sampled, or at least were listed. I would have thought that Timbaland would have sampled a heck of a lot more songs. The first one I looked at was Bounce. They had one song listed as sampled (Dirty Talk by Klein and M.B.O) and at first I couldn’t hear what they had sampled because Timbaland had changed it to the point that it was almost unrecognizable as the original sound. I followed the song and it didn’t sample any music but was sampled in six other songs. After hearing some of the other songs that also sampled, I seriously think that docking someone for sampling is stupid, especially since it is so hard to pinpoint what song it comes from, especially if it is sped up, slowed down, or changed to the point that you can’t tell it came from another song. All he took was the woman’s laugh and sped it up and scratched it so it sound way different. They also listed some songs as sampled if he used some words from another work and not the beat. I honestly find it amazing that DJs or artists can take such a small part of a song and make it work with other pieces to create an awesome new piece. The original piece wasn’t hip hop or rap, or even really a song, just a laugh that caught Timbaland’s attention. He makes the sound his own and it adds something to his music,which tells a completely different ‘story’ than the original song.