"Feed the Animals" still feeds the soul.
I’ve been revisiting the seminal Girl Talk album, “Feed the Animals” in preparation for the upcoming copyright discussion thats certainly to be had at BarCampMIlwaukee5. Gregg Gills’ album was heralded by some as one of the best albums of 2008.
It must be said, I really like this album.
It should be also said, I have no idea what the legal status of the music is anymore. I don’t care. The fact is, Feed the Animals is a great, immersive audio experience that gets me into a working mindset faster than most other music.
It’s not because the album is entirely derivative, playing over 300 samples in 53 minutes. The magic of “Feed the Animals” is that Girltalk threads together over 300 emotive states into a seamless floating experience. It never lingers on a hook to long, moving without stop into the next emotive state. You’re listening to a party on fast forward. Your brain can’t help but move along. And somehow, that tricks my brain into getting work done.
My belief is that when you publish your work, you’re releasing your work into the world to become bigger and greater. “Feed the Animals” does that. Good for it. I can’t help but feel like “Feed the Animals” is the ultimate truth twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools.
Is it legal? Who cares? Smarter people than I have a lot to say on the matter. What matters is that the music is good. THe rest of the conversation around it is just so much intellectual masturbation and gets in the way of an otherwise really good musical experience.
Life is to short to leave something as great as “Feed the Animals” stillborn. I’m grateful that Gills was able to take the music already all around us in the world and make something from it. This is what creation is all about. We take what we have, (in Gills case, the music that surrounds him) and we interpret it, improve on it, and then pass it on to the next generation; the work is forever changed through our experience and it is better for it.
Being overly concerned with the legality, artistic and moral ramifications of his work just get in the way of the humanity behind it.
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