2) Sampling – This pseudo-art makes shooting heroin and doing pushups look like composing The Rite of Spring. To make matters worse, sampling has the unique value-add of being able to ruin the original genius of the source material. It’s like music AIDS that songs can randomly catch after you know and love them.
Heh. (From a STREET BONERS and TV CARNAGE post about how photography is for jerkoffs.)
I’m not so down on sampling, and I think it has its place. Sampling is the only method I know where an artist can take an important, but nearly-forgotten musical “meme” and recycle it back into the zeitgeist, relayering it into a fresh and listenable iteration. Sampling is an artifact of the digital age and was almost unheard of before digitally-recorded music. Thus it’s easy to dismiss sampling as a facile artifice, something like empty calories masquerading as art. But in its best examples, sampling produces shit that I enjoy listening to — even meaningful music. And so I think it’s elitist to write it off completely. Like I said, it has its role, and since it’s here to stay, we may as well consign ourselves to living with it. But always treat it with a critical ear, and a bit of skepticism.
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