Holm-Hudson, Kevin


Quotation and Context: Sampling and John Oswald's Plunderphonics

Leonardo Music Journal: Vol. 7. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press: 17-25.

URL: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/lmj

Language(s): English


Sampling Socio-Cultural Aspects of Electroacoustic Music Plunderphonics


Although the music industry has insisted that digital sampling is "theft," it is perhaps better viewed in historical and theoretical context as timbral quotation. Often a sample functions as a quote that is recontextualised but that nevertheless bears the weight of its original context. In this article the author compares some attempts at creating a taxonomy for sampling use and concludes with a discussion of the controversial ‘plunderphonic’ work of composer John Oswald.

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Holm-Hudson, Kevin (1996). John Oswald's Rubaiyat (Elektrax) and the Politics of Recombinant Do-Re-Mi