Sampling in Music: Creativity or Robbery?

So sampling. Yeah I get a fair amount of request from people to make instrumentals that include samples of famous (copywrtitten) sound bites from TV shows, songs, etc and I am like “No!”. I’m not against sampling, which is using sounds from another source to use in music. I am against lazy sampling. Lazy sampling is where the producer just takes a clip from a famous song and just loops it. Adding maybe a fatter bass line or slightly pitch shifting but you still know where it came from. Examples of sampling I hate. Dance (Ass) by Big Sean, Anaconda by Nicki Minaj or the worst Never Been by Wiz Khalifa.

Never Been is the Laziest example of sampling and I hope the producer didnt get paid to make this for wiz because he literally took a song from a video game took 16 bars and just added a heavy bass line? don’t believe me ok. Here’s Schala’s Theme from Chromo Trigger

Here’s Wiz Khalifa’s Never Been

Just an exact copy with added bass. Super lazy and the reason I RARELY sample unless its from an original sound source or I mutilate the original copywritten source so drastically that it’s not possible to tell where it came from because if I don’t I legally couldn’t sell the instrumental. (unless I paid the copyright holder)Plus, Wouldn’t it be more fun to compose your own music instead of copy paste some else loop?

I understand the in  the beginning days of some music genres. Particularly hip hop, the pioneers sampled because at the time it was extremely difficult for people (especially in the Bronx, hip hop’s birthplace) to get the necessary equipment to create songs from scratch, but sampling from vinyl was easy. That excuse, however, is not defensible in the 21st century. Considering that there are numerous free or cheap programs (my first program I composed in Cakewalk Kinetic 2 $50 in 2007!) and the wealth of information Google provides about music theory and composition, Any form of lazy sampling is inexcusable…unless you have hundreds of thousand to pay record labels and copy right holders.

So yeah. There we go my views on (Lazy) sampling.

ATTENTION: Last chance to Download Music Today!

Ath the end of the day today!, I’m clearing my bandcamp page of ALL music except Farewell and Yesterday’s Tomorrow Original Soundtrack. It’s not that I think the music is horrible, but I feel like the music from the past doesn’t reflect the focus and unity of vision I have now. Not to mention with 11 projects from 3 years of work featured on the homepage it’s starting to look cluttered and if it annoys me to look at I know it probably annoys you too. So, download your favorites now before I take them down on the day after valentine’s day. 90% of the music is “Name Your Price” with no minimum meaning zero (aka free) is a valid option or you can donate a spare change, either is greatly appreciated :).  Here’s a medley of a couple classics that have gotten well stats over the years.

Crown Chakra, the most popular song from the most popular album (1000+ plays all time)

Emerald Sunshine, The one that started it all! It’s the first song from the first instrumental album I ever released

Dragon’s Fiery War Cadence, One of favs from my  4 sketchbook. A must Download!

ATTENTION: Last Chance to Download Music

On February 15th, I’m clearing my bandcamp page of ALL music except Farewell and Yesterday’s Tomorrow Original Soundtrack. It’s not that I think the music is horrible, but I feel like the music from the past doesn’t reflect the focus and unity of vision I have now. Not to mention with 11 projects from 3 years of work featured on the homepage it’s starting to look cluttered and if it annoys me to look at I know it probably annoys you too. So, download your favorites now before I take them down on the day after valentine’s day. 90% of the music is “Name Your Price” with no minimum meaning zero (aka free) is a valid option or you can donate a spare change, either is greatly appreciated :).  Here’s a medley of a couple classics that have gotten well stats over the years.

Crown Chakra, the most popular song from the most popular album (1000+ plays all time)

Emerald Sunshine, The one that started it all! It’s the first song from the first instrumental album I ever released

Dragon’s Fiery War Cadence, One of favs from my  4 sketchbook. A must Download!

My current bandcamp click picture to download your favs before before Feb 15th
My current bandcamp click picture to download your favs before before Feb 15th

 

Merry Christmas – Jingle Bell Rock

Since I know I’ll be busy tomorrow merry xmas and of course I’d have to leave you with an eargasm. There was no Monday weekly update because I was helping make this video below. I work with this band called the new 11 and they play quirky instruments. I was introduced via my coworker Matt and my first time meeting all of them was during the recording of this video “Jingle Bell Rock” Have a merry christmas I hope you enjoy