Audio Collage – the Art of Sampling

Sampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a different sound recording of a song. Music, and especially jazz, has always been referential, taking a pieces of other performers songs and placing them in new ones. This method of mixing up melodies and sampling was always done through the person playing the instrument. With modern digital technology came a new way to sample.

DJ’s would be live mixing songs in clubs and then making their own CDs from the “NEW” music that they’ve created. This musical art form is AMAZING. My friend Bret posted a link in FaceBook to ThruYou. This website is made to look like a hack or possibly a “Sampling” and re-mixing of YouTube. The artist and creator of the site is Ophir Kutiel. He goes by the name Kutiman and is a solo act from Tel Aviv, Israel. He’s schooled in the funk and fusion of the 1970s, Afrorock and Afrobeat, heavy psych from the 60s, hip-hop and modern R&B, a bit of reggae and dub, a couple decades of electronic music, and the general art of the groove.

He has taken bits and pieces from YouTube and sampled them into brand new songs. If you go to his YouTube channel you can see all of the source videos that he’s used to create his “New” songs.

here’s Kutiman explaining the process

download the mp3s of the YouTube samples here or check out his album

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  1. May 7, 2009

    […] was so happy when I saw this video on Facebook last week.  I’ve written before about the art of Sampling music or sounds and re-organizing them into a new composition but this is different.  A street […]

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