Though I’ve been listening to and enjoying the collage music of the new band Public Domain, it is only their latest release Add to Air (Devil Noise) that I feel it worthwhile to review their music here. The reason is simply that Add to Air is Public Domain’s first release that allows remixing, the other releases, though released with Creative Commons licensing, they were limited to No Derivatives. Normally, I wouldn’t care, but with a name like Public Domain, there is a certain amount responsibility that comes with that name, a responsibility that means that their music should be part of the Open Culture movement.
Public Domain is the English duo of Jane Burton and Doris Lake have produced a smart album with Add to Air. With collage music there are three important parts which are extremely difficult to bring together: interesting audio clips, seamless editing and pacing. By pacing, the editing artists need to build a structure that produces a musical gait which carries the listener along. And through out all of Public Domain’s releases, Burton and Lake have shown themselves to be exceptional at this.
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