The Library Of Congress Wants To Bring Back Sampling In Music

The Library Of Congress Wants To Bring Back Sampling In Music

Hip Hop music was once fueled by “sampling”. This production technique incorporates elements of previously recorded music. Using this method, beat makers can take an entire portion of song, or just a small slice to make a new hit. Producers such as DJ Premier, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs  and Dr. Dre, have built legacies by re crafting both well known and unknown works from other artists.

You have to pay to play

During the early 1990’s, copyright laws would finally catch up to producers who sampled. Many hit makers were forced to pay an upfront fee and a large portion of their song publishing. These changes, would reflect in the sound of an entire genre, as Hip Hop moved away from being sample based. 

It’s time to sample again

The Library of Congress, hopes to introduce old music works to a whole new generation of producers. They  recently launched the Beta Version of Citizen DJ. This unique tool, allows producers access to the huge volume of musical works, and encourages them to sample. Innovator-in-Residence at the Library Brian Foo, grew up a Public Enemy fan and believes sampling is essential when it comes to discovering rare music. The app even includes a feature where users can remix collections with beats, and download “sample packs.”

Why sampling in Hip Hop is necessary

“Since its beginnings in the 1970s, hip hop has become today’s dominant worldwide music genre and cultural movement. At the center of this movement is the DJ, whose role is to excavate, transform, and collage disparate and obscure sounds from current and past cultures to create wholly new, relevant, and infectious music. I believe if there was a simple way to discover, access, and use public domain audio and video material for music making, a new generation of Hip Hop artists and producers can maximize their creativity, invent new sounds, and connect listeners to materials, cultures, and sonic history that might otherwise be hidden fro public ears” – Brian Foo – Innovator in Chief at The Library of Congress

Use the Citizen DJ Beta App Here


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