At 6/24/11 02:36 AM, Back-From-Purgatory wrote:
I can't deny that what you do have makes it slightly suspicious, however, the fact still remains that if you don't know who the original author is, you can't prove it's theft, for all we know, he simply worded his description poorly (This happens CONSTANTLY on the Audio Portal). I'm not saying it's impossible for him to be a thief, just that there isn't enough evidence to prove it.
I would be incredibly surprised if this were true however, as he's always been a helpful member of the community.
On the "Sky High" track page, it says "All sounds/chants downloaded from http://www.partnersinrhyme.com"
So I went to the Partners In Rhyme website. Turns out it's a royalty free music website, with full tracks and several shorter cues.
A quick search on their site comes up with this: http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/royaltyfr eemusic/World-Music-and-Ethnic-Music/Mod ern-Flamenco
Now listen to the track "El Duende" in the media player. It's not exactly the same, but it's suspiciously close... same instruments, same flavour, same tempo, same style. It sounds close enough that it leads me to believe "Sky High" merely lifts samples from the track, or others from the same package.
Of course, I want to quickly say that I'm NOT saying Hamstercake is guilty of theft... as a composer / songwriter, I understand the severity of throwing around copyright infringement accusations.
However, I would like to hear from Hamstercake himself what the case is here -- is he sampling royalty free music? Or are we limited to a verdict of 'probable cause,' without actual proof?
Certainly, if Hamstercake's tracks did lift from commercial recordings, it would explain the suspiciously consistent professional-level quality (despite the relatively short turn-around) and the NAC victories.