Friday, March 13, 2009

Creative Sampling

My podcast explores how the changing technology has pushed musical composition from classical techniques to the current sampling / mashup culture, and the impacts of this trend on our established ideas of individuality, creativity, and innovation. Sampling John Oswald, Cornelius, Girl Talk and RJD2 as well as authors Chris Cutler, Daphne Keller and Paul D. Miller, I explain how the recycling of old music is a natural response to recording and how this “plagiarism” can be seen as a truly novel creative work in two ways: first, the art of the collage, and secondly, close examination of a small segment of sound to find a new meaning, arriving at the conclusion that “the sum created from audio collage leaves its original elements far behind.”

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