Can TRAP music be a trap?

 

Most people enjoy a good remix of original music, we get to hear the music we already loved changed and turned into something different but we still enjoy the sound. The internet has assisted in this new remix culture craze. With is being easy to share the content on places like youtube and SoundCloud. But this content sharing, remixing, mashup’s and more have generated issues with copyright and developed debate in audiences about the freedom we have as audience artists. Trap music on YouTube for example generally presents remixes of the music you hear on the radio, free for people to listen to and download. But could this be a trap for users? are we downloading illegal content.

It’s difficult to distinguish what’s copying and what’s remixing or ‘paying tribute to’. Copyright makes it challenging for us to create pieces that ‘bounce off’ the original content, in this current society that has begun to rely on audience involvement, we should be focusing on developing laws to ensure that audience content can be produced without them getting a lawsuit or having their content taken off platforms like youtube and SoundCloud.  It’s easy to create this content, any app or website can make a remix for you and allow you to upload it to SoundCloud but, many people won’t upload content because they are afraid of having people call them out as someone who is a copier or trying to take credit for other people’s world.

For example here is a song where I remixed the ending in a matter of minutes and uploaded to SoundCloud:

And some more examples of remix/mashup’s:

3 thoughts on “Can TRAP music be a trap?

  1. Your blog title grabbed my attention. the most controversial thing in the remixing industry has always been about legal and copyright issues. i am a bit confusing between how broadly the term copyright can be defined. as an internet user and music audience, all i want is good music and the remix culture are capable of offering me this. and people are still doing sampling as long as they want to because we’re all curious animal and love experimenting new things. it is the laws that has not been clear enough to inform users of what can be remixed and what cant. and I agree with you 100% on your your point “we should be focusing on developing laws to ensure that audience content can be produced without them getting a lawsuit or having their content taken off platforms like youtube and SoundCloud”. I really enjoyed reading your post and also your remix 🙂

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  2. Hi, Serena! This was a really good post regarding remix culture and the nature of creating your own remixed songs. You made a really strong point on the issues with copyright and surrounding debate that is inherent with audiences, in regards to the the freedoms we have as a community listening/viewing/and playing songs. The Statement “It’s difficult to distinguish what’s copying and what’s remixing or paying tribute to” effectively highlights the fine line between copyright and remixing! I feel that as long as the original artist is being credited in some form by the new composer/artist, then they should have the freedoms to reuse samples from the songs.
    Also the music links were great! They expanded really well from what you were discussing.
    Keep up the good work!
– Harry

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