SoundScan to SoundCloud: Good artists copy; great artists steal

The production of Hip-hop has long been tied to the availability and progression of technology. Transpiring in the Bronx of New York City in the 1970’s, harnessing turntables and microphones, Hip-hop has continued to utilise technological advancements. Technology has allowed for the emergence of Hip-hop as a widely accessible commodity, allowing for user interaction and production of an insurmountable extent.

Remix culture is the encouragement of the combination or editing of existing materials to produce a new product. It is the process whereby content production has become democratised. In terms of Hiphop, the emergence of remix culture has allowed for the rise of break beat culture, EDM and Mashups. The creation of such genres brings about the idea of ‘Technology of self’. Despite being a collaborative process for the most part, Hip-hop production allows the individual to produce content without the interference of record companies or other stakeholders. This individualisation of production elicits a particular aesthetic within Hip-hop that has become extremely popularised.

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In 1991, Mike Fine and Mike Shalett introduced SoundScan. This system implemented a method of tracking record sales. Through this process, we were able to recognise that Hip-hop was on top of the sales charts. Now days, Youtube and Soundcloud allow for the recording of views on tracks uploaded by amateur Hip-hop artists who participate in the process of remixing music to create a completely new sound.




2 thoughts on “SoundScan to SoundCloud: Good artists copy; great artists steal

  1. Hi Shaneese,
    Your blog post on this week’s topic was great! I like how you featured plenty of hyperlinks to additional resources throughout the post, especially to pages that are highly relevant to the topic being discussed. I also liked how you managed to explain remix culture in a simplified, yet comphrehensive manner. Your SoundCloud was great! You did a great job remixing the lecture material with the audio soundtrack. It was very engaging and fun to listen to. Great job! An additional source you might want to check out if you haven’t already is

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    • Thanks so much Tayla ! Appreciate the feedback and the fact that you enjoyed the post. Your link helpful in defining the difference between mash ups and remixes. Thanks Again 🙂


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