Posts Tagged ‘miles davis’

Fair Use in Digital Media (the story of Kind of Bloop)

1st Jul 11 (Fri) Leave a comment

A Perfect Circle Portland fans, my photos will be posted by midday today.

Almost two years ago, I posted about an interesting 8-bit tribute album of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue called Kind of Bloop.  I like it, more in concept than execution, but I liked the music nonetheless.  Well, the guy who put it together Andy Baio (who also helped start Kickstarter) got in hot water with the original photographer Jay Maisel for Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) violations.  He settled out of court, but was he in the wrong?  Personally, I think not.

I mean, his use of the photo was altered in a way that appears consistent with the fair use provisions in the copyright law.  Check out the full read over on the article “Kind of Screwed“…

What do you think?  And what do you think about these transformative recreations?

What is art, and can derivative works be safe from legal harassment?  Where does the line get drawn?

~Dan – np: Pet Bottle NingenPet Bottle Ningen


Miles Davis & Dogfish Head – Bitches Brew

21st Aug 10 (Sat) Leave a comment

Well, Lagunitas is officially done doing their Frank Zappa beers (Rueben & the Jets was their final one)… but I just got my hands on a couple of bottles of Delaware-based Dogfish Head‘s tribute to Miles Davis‘ album Bitches Brew.

It’s a 9% (ABV) dark beer that is a fusion of three threads imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root (traditionally used in Ethiopian honey wine, tej).  Read more about the brew commemorating the 40th anniversary of Mile Davis’ album over at the Dogfish Head website.  I haven’t had time to taste the brew yet, but hopefully soon while spinning the record. :)

~Dan – np: Sufjan StevensAll the Delighted People EP

Miles Davis’ Kind of Bloop

22nd Aug 09 (Sat) Leave a comment

Not entirely sacrilegious.  A new tribute to Miles DavisKind of Blue called Kind of Bloop just came out… it’s an 8-bit tribute album.  There are samples of the 5 songs on, and it’s available via Amazon digital (mp3 & FLAC) for only $5.

  1. So What by Ast0r [9:24]
  2. Freddie Freeloader by Virt [9:40]
  3. Blue in Green by Sergeeo [4:14]
  4. All Blues by Shnabubula [10:45]
  5. Flamenco Sketches by Disasterpeace [7:06]

I wonder if Bitches Bloop, Birth of the Bloop, or a Charlie Parker Bloopland are in the works. :)

~Dan – np: Dub TrioAnother Sound is Dying

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