The new IMN podcast is up – download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm.
The fact that Keith LeBlanc made 9 volumes and a little over 7 GB of drum loops available for a $1 a volume (additional donations accepted, of course) is amazing. The fact that he did it after dealing with legal issues over these samples for many, many years is even more amazing. And the quality (as to be expected) is stellar – I may be biased by my affection for Tack>>Head’s catalog, but this is also the drummer responsible for many, many, MANY classic beats. Look him up. Tons of inspirational stuff here, and I hope to be making a bunch of music with it soon (or just trying to release my inner Doug Wimbish).
Hot on the heels of that discovery comes Clyde Stubblefield’s (you KNOW Clyde Stubblefield, right?!) release of vinyl and electronic versions of his own for use by DJs and musicians for their own purposes. They’ve been doing it for this long anyway, why not make it easy and get some money out of it, right? I haven’t seen anybody think the terms for Stubblefield were too onerous yet (credit plus 15% of commercial sales), and sample libraries are hardly new stuff. But these are big names, and let’s face it – we (as musicians and fans) kinda owe them anyway. And this is an easy way to do it and get to interact with some living history (even on disc).
Obviously, there are drawbacks – there’s no interaction or custom instructions to go with this. Then again, they probably weren’t going to get on a plane and fly to you anyway. I’m more than happy to take what I can get here and throw some bucks their way.