The Great Escape conference in Brighton this May promises to be fun: UK-based startup WhoSampled has announced plans for a ‘Samplethon’ event on 10 May, as part of a mini-conference called Blueprint. “For the first time we’ll be bringing together a group of music producers and catalogue rights holders together under one roof during a timed event to collaborate on new sample-based tracks,” WhoSampled’s James Hamlin tells CMU. “Using a set of curated material from the Boosey & Hawkes music library, 20 producers will be going against the clock to create new works, completely free from any legal restrictions, under the mentorship of a group of esteemed music makers.” So essentially it’s a hackathon, but with music rather than music tech. “The removal of any legal shackles from sample-based music unlocks its creativity and holds the potential to add substantial new value to both the producers as well as the rightsholders,” suggests Hamlin.

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