Friday, 4 March 2011

why I think sampling is one of the coolest things ever

Ok so what is Sampling first off?
well sampling was born in the 1970s with the birth of underground hip hop and in laymens terms its when you get someone elses song, or a sound from anywhere thats recorded, and chop it up, rearrange it and use it in a track that you compile together using computer programs...well nowadays anyway back in the day they'd use tape loops and turntable samplers. you can sample anything you want, singing, beats, snyths, violins, double bass anything that can be recorded!
so what does this mean?
well it means you potentially have any instrument or sound at your command, all you have to do is put it all together. For example if you had the technology and money you could pay for a double bass player to come to your home studio and you could record him doing all sorts of chords, once recorded you pay him and then cut them and then assign them to each key to your midi keyboard and there you go, you have a professional double bass at your disposal. - This is just one example you could do it with anything and I mean anything. Dj shadow first really took sampling in both hands and made a whole album from samples, it even included samples from famous NASA take off countdowns.
I feel its ultimate creativity and it's finest, observe the world, listen to it's sounds - record them and make a song out of it. How awesome is that!
One day I hope to learn to Dj and then have some sort of home studio where I can start to do this myself.
Heres a simple but effective tutorial video I found on youtube about sampling

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