How Sampling Changed Music Forever

Sampling–the art of surgically excising a sound and implanting in as part of creating a new piece of music–goes back to the 1950s but only really came into its own in the middle 80s with the advent of new electronic devices that could sample, hold and manipulate this sounds. That technology ushered in a brand new era of deconstruction and composition that can be heard throughout music.

Producer Mark Ronson explains exactly how profound the changes have been in this TED talk. (Via Holy Kaw)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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