The Case For Plunderphonics

‘The Case For Plunderphonics’ written and directed by Matthew Webb is an experimental found footage documentary that asks whether we as a society should allow artists the ability to sample any work they want without the risk of copyright infringement.

The films underlying story explains the implications of John Oswalds paper titled ‘Plunderphonics, or Audio Piracy as a Compositional Prerogative’ and the pros and cons of a copyright free musical landscape.

The documentary goal is to make the viewer question the basic principles of art and examines the gatekeeping created by record labels restricting artists ability to sample and create.

“Whilst making this film I discovered a whole world of underground content creators, that has inspired me to delve deeper into the world of audio mashups. I Definitely struggled to stick to royalty free sources witch is a testament to the lack of free quality/variety of royalty free content. I have definitely gathered an abundance of new editing skills during the making of this documentary that I hope to demonstrate in my future projects.” – Matthew Webb 

rmitmediastudent • June 1, 2021

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