Stats And Figures On 30 Years Of Sampling [INFOGRAPHIC] - hypebot

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Justin Boland

So, a crowd-sourced effort to do Armen Boladian's work for him? Right on!

Paul Henry Smith

If you broaden the scope of the question "who sampled?", then there are literally millions of samples in today's music ... of nearly every and any genre.

For example, great instrumentalists from the Vienna Philharmonic have been sampled and packaged into the millions of sound files offered as the "Vienna Symphonic Library" It's been available for anyone to use in their music productions for over ten years now. And they certainly weren't the first.

Even the recording studio equipment and ambient sound of Abbey Road has been sampled and turned into an off-the-shelf product you can use in any song without reporting it to anyone else.

Arenas, scoring stages, clubs like CBGB and concert halls and churches around the world have had their unique acoustic properties sampled so they can now be used in any musical production.

There are countless billions of samples within the millions of recordings "out there." There is simply no way to know the true number of recordings that use samples, because most of this type of sampling, which dwarfs the sampling of song snippets you're reporting upon, does not have to be explicitly disclosed to anyone.

The "who sampled" report wildly underestimates current reality. Who sampled, indeed? Anyone who used a computer to produce music ... from Garage Band users to the Köln Children's Opera. It might be drum kits (http://www.google.com/search?rls=en&q=drum+kit+sample&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8) sounds of the Hollywood brass players from major movie scores, children's choirs in horror movie trailers ... the set of available samples to use and number that have actually been used is just incredibly gigantic and varied.

So, when you think about sampling in this larger, more pervasive sense, the question "who sampled" becomes utterly banal. That's the real story of sampling's success. It is now completely pervasive and dominant in the world of music creation today. Asking it is almost like asking who uses electricity to make recordings.

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