The Blue Notes of Sampling

Sounding Out!

Sound and Tech This is article 2.0  in  Sounding Out! ‘s April  Forum on “Sound and Technology.” Every Monday this month, you’ll be hearing new insights on this age-old pairing from the likes of  Sounding Out!  veterano  Aaron Trammell  along with new voices  Andrew Salvati  and  Owen Marshall .  These fast-forward folks will share their thinking about everything from Auto-tune to techie manifestos. So, turn on your quantizing for  Sounding Out!  and enjoy today’s supersonic in-depth look at sampling from from  SO!  Regular Writer  Primus Luta .  – JS, Editor-in-Chief

My favorite sample-based composition? No question about it: “Stroke of Death” by Ghostface and produced by The RZA.

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Supposedly the story goes, RZA was playing records in the studio when he put on the Harlem Underground Band’s album. It is a go-to album in a sample-based composer collection, because of the open drum breaks. One such break appears in the cover of Bill…

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