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This is a list of especially mentionable recent works in audio art or music that makes use of audio appropriation and recycled sound.
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A bizarre band from Los Angeles that layer strange electronic noises over groovy retro samples and a twisted surrealism. Produced by the Dust Brothers, on Nickelbag records.
British band that spawned the genre "trip-hop". Their music is an infusion of vinyl records, djs, film noir, and the use of the recording studio as an instrument. Interestingly enough, they seldom actually sample other artists work, especially in their latest, self-titled release. Instead, they record instruments and put them through a variety of processes and effects so that the recording takes on the character of pre-existing music (case in point- most of their songs contain the sound of crackling hissing records in the background).
A relatively new DJ from Los Angeles who creates subtle and clever mixtures of old educational and industrial tapes, pop music, and other sources. Appears on the Deep Concentration CD from Om Records. He appears on at least one Future Primitive Sound Session live CD (with DJ Short Kut), and he is a member of the band Jurrasic 5.
From the liner notes to his album Endtroducing: "This album reflects a lifetime of vinyl culture. For further research on the evolution of sample-based music, check the innovators:" He goes on to list a huge number of DJs and hip hop producers. Interestingly, the music on the album is obviously not your normal hiphop. It borrows from a lot more than hiphop's usual targets. Even more interesting, as with most pop records that use samples these days, all samples of other music is cited (and presumably, cleared), but the album is also replete with other samples, from films, television, etc. which are not mentioned at all in the notes...
Some of the most amazing hip-hop based turntable manipulations ever. This is actually a band of DJs who all scratch and mix together on stage to form amazing "songs". They include Q-bert, Mixmaster Mike, Shortcut, and A-Track. They have a record out on Asphodel called "Clams of Deth". Q-bert recently (1999) released a solo CD called "Wavetwisters" which is very nice, a sort of science-fiction scratch collage odyssey narrative that is amazingly coherent,