Lethem, DJ Spooky and others on copyfighting and creativity on public radio

A recent episode of Public Radio International's To the Best of Our Knowledge dealt with remix, reuse, and plagiarism, talking to some of my favorite people on the subject:
Author Jonathan Lethem talks to Jim Fleming about his "Harper's" Magazine essay, "The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism." As the subtitle indicates, Jonathan Lethem appropriated the words of many authors to cover the subject of plagiarism, although he provides full attribution of his sources at the end of the essay. Also, Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid) talks to Anne Strainchamps about his book, "Rhythm Science," and how the art of music sampling relates to plagiarism. We also hear a DJ Spooky/TTBOOK interview mashup.
MP3 Link (Thanks, Brett!)


  1. Spooky is doing a series of events in Boston at the new Institute for Contemporary Art this weekend. I am psyched to go check out what he’s bringing.

  2. When I was at KPFK (Pacifica Radio) at Los Angeles in the 1960s we used to do sound collages or montages — we never did know what to call them — that mixed snatches of music, political speeches, noises, etc. Some of them were quite long. I did one called “Brotherhood Week”that was thirty minutes, featuring recorded movie dialogue, Beatles songs, Nazi speeches, movie sound effects, and lots of other stuff. Of course it was only radio, but it was all “sampling” the works of others. (Our motto was, “If it makes a noise, record it.”) Is that the sort of thing today’s avant garde is doing? Jeez, it was done forty years ago….

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