February 1, 2015
So I went to see this Benjamin Britten opera in Berlin (because caucasity) and all I could think was: oh shit, this bit would be good to sample. That little bit right there would be fire on a beat. Remember, hip-hop started with the breaks: looping the tightest, hardest parts of records to move the crowds. Cue the bridge. Cut the rest. And every kind of music ever made has got those nice bits to flip. I said all this before fam.
If you read this piece on Beethoven, dude's influence was so great that CDs were set at 75 minutes to fit the 9th Symphony. But all that talent not only shaped all orchestra music that came after, it kinda calcified and stultified it too--an anxiety of influence classical music still hasn't broken out of. And John Cage said: "If you listen to Beethoven, it's always the same. But if you listen to traffic, it's always different." And sampling, flipping, looping--that's cars on the interstate kid. By chopping it up, it's bringing something new to the table.
So some people think sampling classical is outrageous, or corny, or shitting on high culture. It's nothing new and you got your corny high school music teachers doing Tuba Tupac probably and Asian chicks fluteboxing on WorldStar. All I care about is what they did with it: is the beat heat or not?
The real question is how is it possible the whole boom-bap '90s went by without a lotta diggin' in the Wagner crates. He had that large-ass, giganticous sound on lock. It is kinda funny though that most classical samples are on chest-thumping, bumpining joints, not the smooth sensitive types. And if anything, you'd think in these sampling-lawsuit heavy days cats would be jumping for those public domain sounds. Zombie Chopin ain't finna sue you b.
Anyways get ya opera glasses ready and peep it.
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