The Schizophonia of David Byrne, Brian Eno and The Orb
While looking for that clip from My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, I stumbled on Ethan Hein’s analysis of the song Regiment from that album, compared with The Orb’s Little Fluffy Clouds — two songs that I enjoy very much. Ethan takes a deep dive into the instrumentation and sample use, balance of vocals and instruments in the mix, use of environmental effects and audio processing, and more.
Both tracks are remarkable for using radically decontextualized samples in place of conventional vocalists. The provenance of these samples must have been mysterious indeed to listeners in 1981 and 1991 respectively. Without the internet, curious sample hounds were dependent on unreliable word of mouth, very rare interviews and luck.
I was that curious sample hound and obsessive reader of liner notes. In 1993, Internet newsgroups and mailing lists were surprisingly reliable sources of word of mouth and recorded rarities.
Of course, when I think of sampling I also think of this.
I can’t think about sampling and remixing without thinking of Brian Eno and David Byrne’s groundbreaking My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. America is waiting for a message of some sort or another.
Mark Ronson explains that sampling is about inserting oneself into the narrative of another piece of music.
Eclectic Method inserts himself into the narrative of Mark Ronson’s TED talk.
The numbers… do you see them too?
This student video is worth 9 minutes of your time. (Bonus points for two William Orbit tracks!)
I don’t have the bandwidth or the passion to publish a real blog, so I’ve decided to move my personal site to this Tumblr, where I can share miscellanea without feeling that I need to find time to write.
But I haven’t been able to redirect GlenTurpin.com to this blog without messing up email redirects for that domain. I sense technical support calls in my near future.