(And there’s the source of the problem: this stuff is "hot" partly because it’s novel to mainstream press.) Unfortunately, some of Crystal Castles’ sound apparently isn’t their their own.8-bit collective again noticed something is amiss, this time with their track "Insecticon." Far from simply sampling a track, the tune rearranges entire musical contents as the basis of the new tune.The notorious Norwegian duo Fitts for Fights performed entire sets stolen from demoscene/"microscene" recordings — and kept playing the stolen tunes live.In April of this year, Laromlab released an entire album — every last track — stolen from other recordings.
The track is also featured on CC’s record label myspace and although it NOW says lo-bat Vs. Even if lo-bat’s work has not been directly used for commercial purposes, it certainly has been used to build the image that they were out there, build press and get visibility.(See EM411 story, Wikipedia article.) But Timbaland isn’t alone.At least Timbaland was using a sample; some artists steal whole songs outright.(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.
After CMJ reported the story, widely discussed on chip community 8-bit collective, the "artist" was forced to admit the entire album was a "hoax." (Thanks, Peter Swimm, for the tip.) In fact, the track record here demonstrates that, for all Timbaland’s press as the most famous figure involved, micromusical plagiarism is rampant.