A Brief History of Sampling

A Brief History of Sampling is a video remix, taking a journey through the history of sampling taking in some of the most noted breaks and riffs of the decades:

A chronological journey from the Beatles’ use of the Mellotron in the 60s to the sample dense hiphop and dance music of the 80s and 90s. Each break is represented by a vibrating vinyl soundwave exploding into various tracks that sampled it, each re-use another chapter in the modern narrative.

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4 thoughts on “A Brief History of Sampling

  1. This really blows me away. Gotta stay up to stay with it though. Excellent sourcing and selecting.
    Most of the synth freaks here can’t even get their heads around intricate sampling.

  2. Wholesale sampling for use as the base of an entire track DOES suck, c’mon, but the downside is that now, you can’t even use a brief quote as an homage without having $#@! lawyers breathe down your neck. That’s a shame, since minor things like part of a TV theme or movie quote, to me, would be beneficially referential. As a fan, I WANT for people to remember the original works; why else use them? I used to drop in a few lines for fun, but no more. People on both ends misused things until its now a dead art form, aside from basement tapes or obscene fees paid to rights holders. I can write my own stuff, thanks, but some lines would sure make for outstanding breaks.

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