“WHO LET WHO LET THE DOGS OUT OUT?” and Other Stories: An Evening on the Fringe of Copyright Law

November 12, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Psychic Readings
95 Empire St
Providence, RI 02903
$5-10 Sliding Scale



-  “Who Let The Dogs Out Out” with Ben Sisto

During the winter of 2010, Ben Sisto noticed something: a missing citation on the Wikipedia entry for the song Who Let the Dogs Out. He did a little digging that lead to a London-based hairdresser and steel drum afficionado who recalled some facts that contradicted other information on the Wikipedia article. Sisto got to thinking “Who did let the dogs out?”

Nearly eight years later, Sisto is the (self appointed) world’s leading expert on Who Let the Dogs Out. His collection of memorabilia, artifacts and evidence contains roughly 300 items —an archive Artnet called “…a fascinating, decade-spanning history.” and Hyperallergic noted as being “strange and thoroughly amazing”. Talks on his ongoing investigation have been given at Kings College (London), The American Repertory Theater (Boston), New York Law School and many other spots.

Who Let Who Let the Dogs Out Out? is an hour-long multimedia presentation that introduces audiences to a host of colorful characters, dives deep into complex litigation, highlights the pros and cons of copyright law and makes a strong case that the origins of one of the most well-known pop hooks of all time comes from a unlikely source.

- DJ Flack of Beat Research

Beat Research began in March 2004 at the Enormous Room in Central Square. The brainchild of multimedia artists Jake Trussell (DJ C) and Antony Flackett (DJ Flack), who teaches a hands-on class at MassArt by the same name, Beat Research provided a new base for the genre-bending sets the two had been playing since throwing parties with the Toneburst Collective in the late 90s. Bridging parochial club divides, Flack and C would overlay dub and jungle, hip-hop and dubstep, dancehall and bhangra and beats from all over. After co-hosting the residency for 3+ years, in 2007 DJ C moved to Chicago while musicologist and blogger Wayne Marshall (Wayne & Wax) returned to Cambridge, bringing his big Caribbeanist ears, YouTube dragnet, and love of “musically-expressed ideas about music” to the mix. In September 2012, our long time friend and collaborator Pacey Foster (aka DJ PACE) a true Beat Scholar/PartyRocker took over co-host duties from Wayne and is now holding it down strong with Flack. 

In its 7.5 year run at the Enormous Room, Beat Research played host to some of the best and brightest DJs and producers of underground bass music in the world, gave a number of young Boston luminaries their first gig, and presented an utterly motley collection of tech-addled live PAs. The long list of special guests includes Scuba, DJ Rupture, Kingdom, edIT, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Uproot Andy, and thereminist Pamelia Kurstin. Consistently topping local polls, Beat Research has been hard to beat for anyone seeking out extraordinary sounds early in the week, and its hosts prided themselves on offering a free weekly session for discerning dancers and enthusiastic head-nodders.

When the Enormous Room suddenly shut down in early October 2011, BR located their festivities to the venerable GoodLife in downtown Boston – and in 2015 they moved their monthly back across the river to Firebrand Saints in Kendall Square Cambridge – a great spot owned by the Enormous Room’s Gary Strack.

- Joe DeGeorge from Harry and the Potters on intellectual property communism

- AS220 talks its P.R.O. boycott and the the changing definition of “original” music