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Illegal Art logo

Illegal Art is an American record label founded in 1998 by an anonymous university professor who operates under the pseudonym "Philo T. Farnsworth".[1] It is best known for signing several musicians who use prominent sampling in their music, including Girl Talk, The Bran Flakes, P. Miles Bryson, People Like Us, Wobbly, and Junk Culture.[2][3] Illegal Art releases are generally released with a "pay-what-you-want" price and licensed through Creative Commons.

Farnsworth launched the label in 1998 with the release of Deconstructing Beck, a compilation composed entirely of Beck samples.[4][5] Two other theme-based compilations, Extracted Celluloid and Commercial Ad Hoc, followed; all three were co-released with American experimental music group Negativland's Seeland Records label and sponsored by RTMark. The label later shifted their focus to artist releases, finding critical acclaim with the release of Girl Talk's mashup albums.[6] The label is currently on "indefinite hiatus", though releases can still be purchased through their website.[7]


Girl Talk releasesEdit


  1. Kot, Greg (2010-05-11). Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music (ISBN 978-1-4165-4731-0; p. 159). Scribner. Retrieved on 2014-01-26.
  2. Illegal Art. Wikipedia. Retrieved on 2014-01-26.
  3. Junk Culture. Illegal Art. Retrieved on 2012-09-23.
  4. Beck on the butcher block: Illegal Art's 'Deconstructing Beck'. Dangerous Minds. Retrieved on 2014-01-26.
  5. A letter from the recording industry. World Trade Organization (1998-02-18). Retrieved on 2014-01-26.
  6. Watercutter, Angela (2007-04-24). The 2007 Rave Awards. Wired. Condé Nast Publications. Retrieved on 2008-08-15.
  7. Illegal Art. Illegal Art. Retrieved on 2014-01-26.

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