In music, sampling is the reuse of a portion of a sound recording in another recording. The process of sampling emerged in the 1940s with “musique concrète”, developed by French composer Pierre Schaeffer. Musique Concrète was an experimental form of music created by recording sounds to tape, splicing them, and manipulating them to create “sound collages”- what Delia Derbyshire was doing over in the UK with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to create the original Doctor Who theme! You could say that the Mellotron was one of the earliest samplers- an electro-mechanical musical instrument, played by pressing keys to trigger a length of magnetic tape against a capstan, which pulled it across a
9/2: Musician and producer Kelly Lee Owens answers some questions.
8/5: James Murphy talks about his favorite synths, his first live gig and New York City. Read the interview here.
8/3: The Synth History Podcast is out! Episode one is on electronic music pioneer Wendy Carlos.
7/3: Love Hultén makes retro futuristic inspired custom synthesizers. Read the interview and learn about his process.
6/26: Synth History Vol. 3 is up on Spotify. Featuring DEVO, Yello, Afrika Bambaataa, Brian Eno, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Patrick Cowley and more.