Remember Kanye West’s $200 Stem Player? He doesn’t seem to own the brand

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You may recall that Kanye West’s last album, “Donda 2”, was not released the traditional way. Instead of a CD or a stream or a download, it came on a $200 gadget called Stem Player.

The Stem Player, which looks like a big hard plastic Valium, turns on. It also allows you to play with the elements of the music it contains, changing the emphasis of voices or rhythms. It was the brainchild of Kano Computing of London, owned by a young American named Alex Klein.

Now that Kanye’s business has turned its back, it seemed like a good time to check out the Stem Player and see who it belongs to. Well, turns out Kano Computing applied for the trademark in the UK and here. Kanye didn’t. It seems that Kanye’s connection to the Stem Player is tenuous at best. Kano owns the player. Kanye just owns the music on it in the “Donda 2” edition.

On October 16, as Kanye’s problems worsened, Klein posted some eerie images on social media. One was from Delacroix’s famous painting titled “Liberty Leading the People”, which shows the French Revolution of 1830. Attached to this image is a video of three little boys throwing what look like Stem players (possibly- be that they are just SuperBalls) as if they were bowling.

Was Klein declaring a kind of independence?

Klein also posted a message from Kanye’s attorneys asking for a way to contact Kano’s attorneys. There were papers to fill out.

Kano, meanwhile, proceeds with revolutionary computer inventions. It’s unclear how many Stem Players they sold, if anyone made any money, or if they’ll ever be seen again. One thing is clear, no one else has released an album on a Stem Player.

PS Klein is half-Jewish and may not be amused by Kanye’s anti-Semitic statements.


Roger Friedman started his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years at Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His film reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes and he is a member of the film and television arms of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years, including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid-90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn’t). not so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. . He is also screenwriter and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive”, a selection from the Cannes, Sundance and Telluride festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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