9. Electronic Music + Sampling

There are so many options for this discussion. I’ve selected a few “Classics” of early electronic music and electroacoustics, then some works for live performer with eletronics, and a few examples of early sampling and mashups.  If you have others you’d like to discuss, bring them along or write a post!

Overheads:  As usual, these are just things to get us started thinking:

Electronic Music


Somehow I neglected to upload these last week. My fault!

From Sound Unbound:  Jonathan Lethem, “The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism Mosaic” and Daphne Keller, “The Musician as Thief: Digital Culture and Copyright Law” in Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture, ed. Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008)

Plunderphonics the manifesto by John Oswald, “ Plunderphonics or Audio Piracy as Compositional Prerogative”

Early Tape: Musique Concrete




This video has 2 of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s most famous electronic works: Gesang der Jünglinge (Song of the Youth) is about 13 minutes long. The rest of the video is the second work on the album, Kontakte which should really be heard in full quadrophonic output (4 speakers).



Tape or Electronics plus live Performance:


Fully Synthesized Sound:



Sampling and Mashups