Squarepusher – Stor Eiglass versus The Cure – Just Like Heaven: plagiarism?

The new Squarepusher track Stor Eiglass has exactly the same melody as the well-known hit Just Like Heaven by The Cure. Are we talking about plagiarism here? I don’t believe Squarepusher is a cheap skate. This must be due to the limitations in our musical language I believe.

We have only a palette of 12 notes to create melodies from. And when we stay in one key it’s even less: seven notes. Going from one note into the next we use a few interval steps (tone distances, 7 in one octave) using increasing and decreasing note sequences.

There’s not so much to choose from when we’re creating our melodies. This is the reason why many melodies sound same-ish. Everyday many new melodies are added to the world wide database of melodies. Thanks to today’s easy methods to create and record music we see exponential growth in published tracks. So it’s getting more difficult each day for anyone to come up with truly unique melodies.

Listen to my example using a quick crossfade from Squarepusher’s Stor Eiglass into The Cure’s Just Like Heaven:

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4 Responses to Squarepusher – Stor Eiglass versus The Cure – Just Like Heaven: plagiarism?

  1. Julianna April 21, 2015 at 10:53 pm #

    Totally agree with you about finite possibilities that sound good to our modern ear… I’ve said as much on numerous occasions… but it’s almost like he didn’t even TRY to differentiate here. I did search out the whole track to make sure something else happens, and was glad to hear that it develops differently, with only this arp as a decoration.

    But, as a huge Cure fan…. ouch.

    I’m torn on this one.

  2. Nils Breunese April 22, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

  3. George May 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

    Aw, he’s just having a little bit of fun, right? I like it.

    But then, I liked Schneider TM’s cover of The Smiths’ “There is a light…”

  4. George October 20, 2016 at 9:52 pm #

    Dark Steering- The Caterpillar by The Cure. I noticed this a while ago.

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