It was disappointing at first to watch this as a silent film but it’s also interesting to see a group of people reacting to sounds, performing sounds and yet there is no sound to experience as a viewer . The viewer is purely that, a viewer. (Alec Way)

There must be very clearly defined copyright laws concerning the playback of recorded works in film clips however (A) This wasn’t a soundtrack but a work in progress at the time, and therefore partially ‘live’ as well as recorded material that happened to be going on in the background (B) What was heard in the video is not necessarily what was included on the finished recording (C) The video was not monetised in any way.

Whether these points matter in legal terms hasn’t been pursued but it’s very unlikely that the music publishers would have had any real concerns about copyright but have no doubt been instructed to act by persons concerned with facilitating their personal need to control output, such is the way things are. It’s possible to get around it, and certainly possible to dispute it as it’s probably not a copyright issue, however as the film had already been widely circulated on YouTube and probably downloaded by those who know how, there’s little need to further tip anyone’s boat. It is sad that the other short film showing Holger at work, which was only uploaded as a sort of homage to him, was also disputed. Ironically, just about the only audio on that clip was my percussion performance, Holger’s ‘live’ guitar strums, ambient keys and a voice sample that was most likely lifted from an ethnic recording anyway. Even more curiously the entire album exists on YouTube without any concerns to anyone, which sort of speak volumes about this being someone’s determination to control the video output only, and is why I have chosen to leave both on Vimeo for now as silent pieces. I’m pleased if they can be appreciated as such regardless.

The response from the publishers read: Thank you for your email but I’m afraid I’m unable to correspond further on this matter as we consider it closed.

Kind regards,
Katrina Dewfall
Solicitor
The Music Sales Group

2 thoughts on “It was disappointing at first to watch this as a silent film but it’s also interesting to see a group of people reacting to sounds, performing sounds and yet there is no sound to experience as a viewer . The viewer is purely that, a viewer. (Alec Way)

  1. How desperately sad. Watching this never failed to put a smile on my face. Holger’s expression is joyful and having a visual for that beautiful soundscape was fascinating too. Oh well….

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  2. no sound, pity, yes… but hey, there is already a lot of information for the eyes who can able to look right. for example: at 58th second… famous Canon A1… right? all the best. Sey

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