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In Flagranti (Sasa Crnobrnja & Alex Gloor)
The duo has always made a great case demonstrating how “inspiration” from the creative works of others can truly be made into something new and totally distinct from the source material. But whether you know the source material bears major influence on what their interpretation is going to even sound like to you. In other words, you could be hearing the same song as another listener is, but if you’re familiar with the source material, you’re going to also be hearing that, while someone who isn’t familiar with it won’t. Most of their listeners have no idea this is even going on, or could even be allowed.
I figure I follow In Flagranti quite closely, but I only make a connection here, or a connection there. Sometimes this happens immediately, other times it’s taken years to notice. Most connections I will never even be aware of, and I don’t listen for them, they just stand out to me or they don’t. Sometimes I only discover the source material long after I’ve been familar with In Flagranti’s take on it, which you’d think would detract from the latter, but for me, it only adds to it. In Flagranti’s musical interpretations show a certain ethic and a philosophy that parallels their approach to visual content. It’s so “meta” that I’m at a loss to describe it, except to say what I often do: Warhol would be In Flagranti’s biggest fan if he was around to witness them. – truckerdisco.wordpress.com
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.”
Jim Jarmusch’s Golden Rule #5