Peter Grabriel a la Motown

And now something on music and technology.

Doghouse Riley has rendered a Motown version of Peter Gabriel’s “Shock the Monkey”, which placed third in a “re-mix technology/music” competition –hosted by Comments from the site suggest that it sounds very B-52ish. I disagree. The organ-work, and brass section all sound like something Ray Charles might incorporate. The song also contains a bass line that makes for a marked dance groove, dated albeit.

The tune is a wonderful example of “remix culture”, upon which Lawrence Lessig elaborates on in his book Free Culture. To this end, the competition is an ingenious exposition of the limitless creative potential made possible by technology –this, by creating new work out of previous material, laws permitting creativity of course.

Check it out for yourself at

Maurice Cepeda

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