Sampling in Music: 3 Bands that Famously Use Samples
- 10th July 2018
- Posted by: SOPM
- Category: Uncategorised
Have you ever heard a brand-new song and could swear you’ve heard it before? Chances are you have. Perhaps it’s used a well-known bass line and repackaged it into a new arrangement, much like how Vanilla Ice’s ‘Ice Ice Baby’ borrowed the distinct bass line from Queen’s ‘Under Pressure.’ Sampling in music is the act of incorporating a portion of one sound recording into a different piece, and can involve creatively manipulating it; for instance, by changing the tempo or pitch.
A sample may consist of anything ranging from a sound effect to spoken word from a movie – often used to set a mood or even comic effect. They can be taken from a pre-existing recording or constructed specifically for the piece.Although sampling has played a major role in shaping the entire genre of hip hop, the use of this technique spread with the rise of electronic music and later, 80’s industrial music. School of Popular Music, music school in Guernsey, takes a look at three bands which differ in style but all have in common the use of sampling in their music.
Founded in 1965, progressive rock band Pink Floyd consisted of a group of great creative musicians who didn’t shy away from experimenting. The band is renowned for its deep, poetic lyrics and beautiful, distinctive sound which makes use of sampling in most of its songs.
The intro of one of their most widely-recognised songs ‘Wish you were here’ sampled Tchaikovsky’s Symphony 4, as well as spoken word, which was picked up randomly from a radio. ‘Another brick in the wall’ features helicopter noises and a man yelling at kids (“You!! Yes you!! Stand still, laddie!”), while in the middle of the song ‘Learning to fly’, the voice of the band’s own drummer Nick Mason – an avid pilot himself – can be heard.
Another band known for its heavy use of sampling in music, Depeche Mode – formed in 1980 – has used samples from Kraftwerk, Led Zeppelin and even other songs of their own, such as ‘Strange Love’ which sampled ‘Enjoy the Silence’. The thing that made Depeche Mode’s sound so great is their ability to create one-of-a-kind sounds by creatively sampling things around them. Not to mention their synth skills – few other albums by few other band have influenced music fans’ love of synthesizers quite like ‘Violator’!
Nine Inch Nails
Many argue over NIN’s genre, but it is generally agreed that this music falls under the industrial category, a genre characterised by its use of samples from horror movies and speeches by renowned political figures. Trent Reznor – the band’s only official member – started studying classical music and playing instruments from a young age and eventually became a studio engineer, teaching himself various computer applications. Considered one of the pioneers of industrial rock, Reznor used samples by the likes of David Bowie, Prince, Queen, and numerous others.
Regardless of your opinion on sampling, we can all agree that this technique played an important part in creating the distinctive sound of these bands. If you’re looking for a music school in Guernsey, contact us for more information on private and group lessons. We are proud to offer among the best singing, drums, guitar, violin and piano lessons Guernsey has to offer.
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