Great line from Sasha Frere-Jones in last week's New Yorker: "When you hear a rhythm that is being played by an instrument you can’t identify but wish you owned... you are hearing Timbaland"
Posted by Tom Whitwell.
Wow, you guys. I've been reading this blog for about a year and have never been compelled to comment anything but a "thanks" for the great links and articles. There's a LOT of flack being thrown around for some reason, and it's really bringing me down. Not once in his article did he say "OH MY GOD OH MY GOD, I LOVE TIMBALAND, TIMBALAND IS GOD." He just posted a link to an article he thought might be interesting to this crowd. It's almost as if you were waiting to pounce on him the minute he agreed with a general consensus (that Timbaland is a great producer). I'm not a big fan of him, personally, but come on! And I agreed with a lot of the comments criticizing Timbaland, but not those directed at Tom.
Music is not only about the source of your sounds and melodies but also the composition of your tracks. Timbaland has a good ear for catchy hooks and uses them well within his music. Anyone can steal a bass line, Timbaland successfully turns them into best sellers.
I'm not saying I support plagiarism in the music industry. Musical work using samples should be significantly different to the original. A composition of different samples still takes a good ear to get right.
Most creative work begins with a stolen idea, adapted to the artists tastes. Even the mighty daft punk sampled release the beast.
When you hear a bunch of jealous amateur musicians anonymously slagging off the work of one of the most distinctive, innovative and successful pop music producers of the last decade, you're reading the Musicthing comments pages.