Viva subterfuge and theft that doesn't harm anybody who doesn't deserve it. But holy Girl Talk, Batman; at a certain point, one gets the sense that powerful music-biz suits aren't the only folks falling prey to sample-happy activist-composers. To be more concise: If you simply must taunt copyright lawyers, flip those pilfered sonic bites into something way compelling.
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Porest definitely groks this, and Jane "Oh Astro" Dowe used to as well. On 2005's Hello World, the Illinois sound artist and her "customized software" chopped and caramelized hip-hop, gospel, pop, and other not-quite-familiar source material into a hyperactive, funky-fresh brand of IDM. Champions of Wonder — on which Dowe's husband, Hank Hofler, joins her — suffers in comparison. Too often here they harpoon huge targets, allowing their catches to overshadow their remixing savvy. Sure, "Hello Fugi Boy" packs a rolling house-music punch, but the teasing prechorus sample of Lionel Richie's immortal "Hello" that keeps surfacing is distracting. "Candy Sun Smiles" — a wholesale gank of Electronic's "Getting Away with It," har har — is even more shameless a stunt. Oh Astro does cleverly titillate with "Xanadu," twisting, perverting, and vocodering the Olivia Newton-John original so drastically that it took a Google search to make sure Daft Punk wasn't among the casualties. "Robot Love," a few tracks later, is merely the manipulated chatter of children. So, so cheeky.