Well I\'m new here, been lurking for a week or so and I\'ve been listening and learning a lot. I\'ve been a working musician my whole adult life and I\'m just now becoming very intrigued by sampling technology and the opportunities it affords us all. Perhaps because it\'s getting so damn good and I realize I actually might be able to realize a lifelong ambition of writing for an orchestra (symphonic or filmic) and hearing what it really sounds like.
What I thought might be interesting to discuss was the pros and cons of sampling in your opinion. I don\'t mean the practical stuff like now you can actually hear your stuff with a pretty good orchestra or do some computer driven stuff that could not have been accomplished before. That goes without saying. I love it! I\'m thinking about issues like (what I call) cheapening of resources, etc. Like for instance all the Tuvan throat singing you get to hear now or Tibetan horns or whatever, all on your latest Britney Spears release. (for example- she may not have done this yet, but somebody has) the questionable taste of crossing some styles that should not be crossed (IMO)- although we\'ve seen some of the same stuff before, most tragically with Charlie Parker set with syrupy strings designed to make him \"palatable to the general public\" Or Flamenco and strings?? Or some instruments from one part of the world mixing with instruments from another. Yes, it can work and, of course it comes down to opinion but I\'m thinking that all this diversity at our fingertips is actually eating away at diversity in a funny way. If African villagers are using synths, and Flamencos are using strings, and Enigma is using Gregorian chants and everyone\'s using VOTA (or whatever) where are we?
We will never take away the creative spirit and given the exact same tools two different people would probably come up with drastically different pieces but on a strictly sound level they will have the same palette and on this level they will be pretty much identical. And so, on a visceral level we might argue that they will \"feel\" the same. Horrifying, no?
I remember going into Tower a few years ago and seeing a CD in the World section that was titled \"Music of Vietnam\" and the first thing I heard was a droney synth! that went on for quite a while, unfortunately drowning out the beautiful woman who started to sing in her own unique way. Next to it on a shelf was a CD entitled \"Music of Indonesia\" Guess how it opened? Pretty much the same synth. This is progress? Now I like droney synths as much as the next guy but......? This is a particularly egregious example and it\'s not even about sampling per se but I think it points up something about sameness and also a kind of claustrophobic quality that can sneak into our work if all of the sampled instruments and synths we use are not tempered with a breath of fresh air. i.e. real instruments played by real players in real time for a specific project.
I\'d love to hear others weigh in on these issues.