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Composition for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Chapter 15. Sampling

A sample is usually understood to be an excerpt that has either been ripped or copied from the recording of another artist or artists. This excerpt is then used in a new, original work, which often bears little or no resemblance to the work from which the original sample was taken. A notable example of this is the use of excerpts from Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” in numerous trance tracks. Comparing the work from which the sample was taken with the work in which the sample is used, it is obvious that they could not be any more different. The former is a classical work written for string orchestra, while the latter are essentially electronic works written in a more modern dance style. It is this often fundamental difference ...

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