Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sound Bites n' Chewy Centers

My first experience with sound sampling was Steve Reich's 1966 piece, 'Come out'. Reich looped an audio recording, creating a rhythm and phasing, way before hip hop sampling became popular.
note: Captain Beefheart's 'Moonlight over Vermont' from 'Trout Mask Replica' repeated the phrase, 'Come out to show them'.
My next 'ear encounter' was that of Can's Holger Czukay's solo effort, 'Movies' and Brian Eno and David Byrne's, 'My life in the Bush of Ghosts'. These albums, came out back to back in '79;
experimenting and mixing recordings from radio preachers, movie audio clips, to Iranian singers...
'Persian Love' is still one of my favorite pieces of Holger Czukay.
                Above is A.K. Klosowski and Pyrolator's cassette apparatus the duo created
   to produce 'Home Taping is Killing Music'... which they credited every musician/group used in their mix.
The cover photo is one of my all time fav's... 
a bolsa boom box.

From Canadian composer John Oswald comes, 'Plunderphonics'. 

'A plunderphone is a recognizable sonic quote, using the actual sound of something familiar which has already been recorded. Whistling a bar of "Density 21.5" is a traditional musical quote. Taking Madonna singing "Like a Virgin" and rerecording it backwards or slower is plunderphonics, as long as you can reasonably recognize the source. The plundering has to be blatant though. There's a lot of samplepocketing, parroting, plagiarism and tune thievery going on these days which is not what we're doing.'
Oswald's 'Plexure' is true audio-mix madness...

...REM (rapid ear movement) that takes sound biting to the next level.