Wednesday News: Blurred Lines verdict, original audiobooks, Australian Romance conference, and “best” Australian books
No one contends that “Blurred Lines” is a straight musical copy of Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”; unlike with Sam Smith paying royalties to Tom Petty, the issue is less about chords than about “feel.” The “Blurred Lines” groove hits the ear a lot like the Gaye one—the musicians admitted as much—but when, exactly, does feel become infringement? It’s a complicated question, and it reportedly turned the courtroom into a concert hall: Thicke performed on piano to show how common it is for popular songs resemble each other; Gaye estate’s musicologist turned the two tracks into stripped-down jingles so that jurors could compare core elements.
The entire history of popular music has, in large part, been driven by songs that evoke other songs, whether when Bo Diddley’s strumming style birthed rock or the “trap” beat transformed hip-hop over the past few years. It seems counterintuitive, but creative copying often accompanies innovation,. . . –The Atlantic
Audible now has about 30 original audio works in the pipeline. One, which has already been released, is The Starling Project starring Alfred Molina. It was written by bestselling thriller writer Jeffery Deaver and it’s more like a radio drama than a book.
Radio dramas, original stories and podcasts are now all part of the audio scene, says Michele Cobb, president of the Audio Publishers Association. It is still a small part of the industry but she’s excited to see where it’s headed.
“It can interest people who might not listen to a book but might be interested in a different type of program,” she says. “So I think there becomes just a wider range of opportunities — when we’re recording more and when more people are listening — to be a little more experimental.” –NPR
Len Klumpp was born in the New South Wales town of Moree, and has lived and worked in country towns his entire life.
He travelled from Tamworth, where he is an airport safety officer, to sit in on one of the many seminars at the gathering.
He, along with many women and a number of other men, were drawn to a question and answer session, featuring four established rural romance writers.
“They have given me such great pleasure reading their books,” he said.
“It shows that men read rural romance as well.” –ABC Australia
It has been called “the best book ever written in this country.” Others have labeled it a “cult classic.” But this is not a seminal Australian novel.
The Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book (AWWCBCB) first came out in 1980 and sold more than million copies worldwide before its re-release four years ago. –news.com.au