HomeProgramPanelistsRegister for WebcastIssuesContact
Video for REPLAY Syracuse University Symposium on Sound Sampling
Panelists Hank Shocklee, William Patry, Esq., David Wolfert, Philo T. Farnsworth, Susan Butler, Loren Chodosh, Esq., Primus Luta
Moderator K. Matthew Dames
Ombudsman Ulf Oesterle

Hank Shocklee,Shocklee Entertainment, Co-founder, Public Enemy   HANK SHOCKLEE
Shocklee Entertainment
Co-founder, Public Enemy

A worldwide role model for pushing the envelope and breaking new artistic boundaries, Hank Shocklee is looked upon as the leader of the pack. Whether via his production legacy which continuously ranks at the top of the "best of" lists or throughout the academic circuit, Shocklee’s ideologies and techniques are studied amongst a wide cross-section of people that include music fans, aspiring artists, audio technology developers, universities, and media policy makers.

As a DJ, producer, composer, and record company executive, Shocklee has managed to work with and develop a large variety of artists and musicians across many genres all while keeping a very innovative approach and a distinction for high quality productions. Shocklee has been a force behind some of the most significant music and film projects of the last two decades including Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J, Slick Rick, Anthony Hamilton, Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, Ernest Dickerson’s Juice, and countless others.

Currently Shocklee is developing a series of projects which he calls the Future Frequency. "I’ve always had a good sense of where entertainment needs to go next and right now I’ve honed in on the next dimension of sight and sound," said Shocklee. Some of his upcoming projects include a new sub bass frequency Bomb Squad album and the science fiction future fantasy motion picture Shocktronica.

As president of his new media company, Shocklee Entertainment, and of the online creative network, Shocklee.com, Shocklee produces and collaborates on events and initiatives such as the Shocklee Innertainment Panel Series for Remix magazine, the "Art of Record Production Conference," the Ladies on the Mic network for Women in Entertainment, the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at New York University (NYU), the Red Bull Music Academy, Tokion’s Creativity Now conference, and The Future of Music Coalition.

Shocklee has garnered a collection of Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums as well as 14 Grammy nominations and numerous Soul Train awards. He has been the recipient of a Sony Innovators award and an Apex Creative Engineer award. Shocklee has also been named The Source magazine’s Producer of the Year twice during his career.

WILLIAM PATRY, ESQ Senior Copyright Counsel, Google Inc.   WILLIAM PATRY, ESQ.
Senior Copyright Counsel, Google Inc.
Author, Patry on Copyright and Moral Panics & the Copyright Wars

William Patry currently serves as senior copyright counsel to Google Inc., where he is involved in diverse cutting edge issues. Patry has practiced copyright law for 25 years, including 12 years in private practice. He has been cited numerous times in landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

Before joining Google, Patry served as professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, copyright counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. House of Representatives, policy planning advisor to the Register of Copyrights, and as an attorney in private practice.

Patry is the author of the treatises Patry on Copyright (Thomson West 2009 ed.) and Patry on Fair Use (Thomson West 2009 ed.), as well as numerous law review articles. He served as editor or editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA for over ten years. His most recent book, Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars, was published by Oxford University Press in 2009.

Patry studied at San Francisco State University where he obtained a BA in 1974 and an MA in 1976. He received a JD in 1980 from the University of Houston. He was admitted to the Bar in Texas in 1981, the District of Columbia in 2000, and New York in 2001.

David Wolfert Grammy- and Emmy-nominated composer, arranger, songwriter   DAVID WOLFERT
Grammy- and Emmy-nominated composer, arranger, songwriter

David Wolfert is a Grammy- and Emmy-nominated composer, arranger, songwriter, orchestrator, producer, and instrumentalist who has worked in all areas of music, including film, records, advertising, and television. Some of Wolfert’s recent film scores include Smash His Camera, a 2010 Sundance selection; Dale; Montana Meth; The Ride of Their Lives; and Together.

Wolfert’s songs have been recorded by Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Dusty Springfield, Eddie Murphy, the Four Tops, Cher, Julio Iglesias Jr., and many others. His song, "Stand Up," was recently used by the United Nations Millennium Project. Wolfert has also worked as an arranger, producer, and guitarist with many icons of the music business including Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Peter Criss, Jimmy Cliff, Johnny Cash, Harry Nilsson, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Judy Collins, Brenda Russel, Don Covay, and Dr. John.

His recent television work includes the theme music for NBC’s Poker After Dark and Heads Up Poker. He wrote themes for Pokémon and Extreme Trains. His catalog also includes music for NFL Football; Nascar; the Martha Stewart Show; Bringing Home Baby; and the logo music for MSNBC, Procter and Gamble Productions, and New Line Television. He created the theme and additional scoring for NBC’s the Chris Matthews Show; the theme for Professional Bull Riders and Notre Dame Football on NBC Sports; music for the PBS program, EGG the arts show; and the theme and library for Flashpoints, Bryant Gumbel’s show on PBS. He has composed many promos for the NBC Nightly News, Showtime, and the Discovery Channel. He has also written the theme for the Nickelodeon series, The Animorphs, and scored the Upfront presentations for the Discovery Channel and for NBC Networks.

Wolfert has also written music for over 1,000 television and radio commercials for virtually every major advertiser and has won two Clios for his work. He serves on the advisory board of Songs of Love, a charity that composes personalized songs for chronically and terminally ill children. Wolfert lives in New York and has studios in New York City and Bridgehampton, Long Island.

Philo T. Farnsworth Founder, Illegal Art   PHILO T. FARNSWORTH
Founder, Illegal Art

Philo T. Farnsworth is the pseudonymous founder of the Illegal Art label, a collective devoted to supporting artists who use sampling as their primary means of expression. The initial 1998 release on Illegal Art, Deconstructing Beck, was a compilation made entirely from sampling Beck’s music. It drew media attention immediately due to the legal threats from Beck’s record label, publisher, and personal lawyer. The matter never went to court and Deconstructing Beck was released to wider distribution.

Artists on the Illegal Art label include Girl Talk, Steinski, People Like Us, Wobbly, Junk Culture, The Bran Flakes, Økapi, Corporal Blossom, and Oh Astro. While the label occasionally faces issues with manufacturers and distributors, it has yet to have a release legally pulled from the market. In 2006, the label released Girl Talk’s Night Ripper album which catapulted the artist to critical acclaim. Illegal Art also released Steinski’s What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective that spanned over two decades of the legendary hip-hop producer’s sample-based work.

Illegal Art claims that its releases constitute transformative creations that do not impede on the markets of the sampled artists. It also maintains that there is a legal defense for such work based on the fair use doctrine in U.S. copyright law. Ultimately, though, Illegal Art is guided by its philosophy that artists simply have the imperative right to create new works through appropriation of pre-existing content.

Susan Butler Executive Editor Music Confidential   SUSAN BUTLER
Executive Editor, Music Confidential

Susan Butler writes and publishes Music Confidential, a weekly international business report for executives, investment advisors, and government officials who work in (or with) the music industry. Launched in mid-2008, the report now has paid subscribers in 27 countries plus government readers in the US, Canada, and Europe.

Prior to launching her media company, Susan covered the music publishing, legal, and Washington DC beats from 2004 to 2008 for Billboard magazine, where she achieved a number of "firsts" for a music business trade publication.

As the top financial and business reporters around the world were covering the largest sale of a music publishing company in history, Susan was the only reporter who acquired confidential financial information about the publisher, which sold for more than $2 billion to Vivendi's Universal Music Group.

Susan also secured exclusive sit-down interviews with high-level government officials, including U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft; U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; Chief Copyright Royalty Judge James Sledge; and China’s Chief of Ministry of Culture, Division of Audio and Video, Chen Tong.

Before Billboard, Susan practiced law for 21 years representing entertainment and technology clients throughout the world, including Academy Award-winning film composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and Grammy Award-winning guitarist, independent label owner, and entrepreneur Steve Vai.

She is also the author of eBusiness Legal Kit for Dummies published in 2000, which instructs small business entrepreneurs on launching a global eBusiness, complying with international laws, and entering into enforceable contracts.

Loren Chodosh, Esq. President, Loren Chodosh, P.C.   LOREN CHODOSH, ESQ.
President, Loren Chodosh, P.C.

Attorney Loren Chodosh is founding member of Loren Chodosh, P.C., an entertainment law practice with a concentration in the music business established in 1995. Chodosh has represented a varied clientele in the music industry including Shawn Colvin, Moby, Live, V2 Records, and Tricky. Current clients include the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Secret Machines, TV on the Radio, Nada Surf, Buddy Guy, and Liars. A native New Yorker with offices in Tribeca, Chodosh has a BA in Journalism from New York University, and graduated cum laude from the Brooklyn Law School. She was associated previously with Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman (1982-84), Thall & Plotkin (1984-1987), Levine Thall & Plotkin (1987-1989), and was partner at Levine Thall & Plotkin (1989-1995.)

Primus Luta Performance Artist Editor, AvantUrb   PRIMUS LUTA
Performance Artist
Editor, AvantUrb

Georgia-born and Bronx-bred, Primus Luta has been addicted to the production of sound from the early age of two when his grandfather gave him his first piano. He would spend the next 14 years of his life studying the various ways of manipulating those keys to create sound, dreaming of becoming a jazz pianist in the tradition of Thelonious Monk and Dr. Billy Taylor. But a freak accident on a roller coaster would literally shatter those dreams into a hundred little pieces of bone floating around in his arm. Perhaps because of this tragedy, Luta’s focus shifted when he was first introduced to the studio through a summer internship with Salaam Remi. After one hour of watching Remi move between the mixing board and two-inch reel, Luta knew he had found his calling.

In the years that would follow, Luta worked as a recording engineer, arranger, producer, mixing engineer, mastering engineer, manager, booking agent, road manager, band leader, stage manager, and just about every other supporting role out there for a good number of musicians. It wasn’t until the recent birth of the Heads project that he decided it was time to step out from the shadows. Through Heads, Luta has found a way to bridge his musical background with his technical know-how to create the sound that is authentically him.

The Heads project is a culmination of three years of work and study in which Luta aimed to apply the principles of head-based jazz to modern electronic production techniques. The project is both a theoretical study and a body of compositions brought together in an interactive experience directed by Luta himself.


K. Matthew Dames Copyright and Information Policy Adviser, Syracuse University   K. MATTHEW DAMES
Copyright and Information Policy Adviser, Syracuse University

K. Matthew Dames is Syracuse University’s first Copyright and Information Policy Adviser. Reporting to the University Librarian and Dean of the Library, Dames provides strategy, guidance, and education to, and develops policy for, the Library on copyright and information policy issues so it can effectively deliver information, scholarship, and related services to the University and its constituents. He also provides guidance upon request to the broader University community on copyright and other information policy issues that affect scholarship and research.

Dames has been involved with copyright, information policy, and licensing issues for more than 30 years from the perspectives of law, the arts, journalism, and higher education. His writings have been published widely in print, and he remains the executive editor of the online publication Copycense, www.copycense.com.


Ulf Oesterle   ULF OESTERLE
Assistant Professor, Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries, Syracuse University

Ulf Oesterle is an assistant professor in the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). Before arriving at VPA, Oesterle was a visiting professor in the advertising department at Syracuse University (SU) and adjunct professor in communications at LeMoyne College. Oesterle earned his PhD from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at SU in 2007 with a dissertation that focused on creative control in the independent sector of the music industry. His continuing research interests focus on independent record labels and the use of emerging technology within the music business.

Oesterle is both an academician and practitioner. He owns and operates an independent record label which he founded in 2003 as a doctoral student, and programs and produces a weekly indie rock radio program for KRock in Syracuse. He has produced live events in Central New York (CNY) and New York City with notable stages, including the Emerging Artist Stage at the Taste of Syracuse and at the New York State Fair. He is also a former stage manager for the Syracuse Jazz Fest, the largest free jazz festival in the northeast. Prior to starting the label, he spent time working in lifestyle music marketing as the CNY representative for The Street Syndicate, in radio as a producer for Citadel Communications, and briefly as an account executive at Clear Channel Communications.

Oesterle lives in East Syracuse with his wife, Lauren, and their children, Jonas and Helena.



home    program    panelists    register    issues    contact      2010 Syracuse University