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Documentary Explains Sampling To A Clueless Audience In The '80s

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This episode of the BBC show Micro Live, which aired during the ’80s, discusses the growing influence of new wave and ’70s-era synths on then-contemporary production. The featured sound technician attempt to explain “sampling” to a less-than-knowledgable audience, using a David Bowie album for his demonstration. His theories about ownership in electronic music seem oddly current, though. There’s also an interview with Bob Moog in this little nugget of electronic music history. Watch it, then go back even further with an eerily beautiful documentary from 1983 on the same topic, or zone out to some ’90s rave tapes. If, however, you like your machines modern, watch our EB.tv feature on the modular renaissance featuring Blawan and Kangding Ray.

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