In music, the tradition of “sampling,” or using fragments of others’ recorded work, is time-honored. Rap, pop, hip-hop—across genres, musicians and composers have founded their practice on embracing the music of others. Who Sampled, a log of what samples comprise what music, provides the sort of long-term dissection for which your nauseated biology-lab self so longed. Classical music, likewise, thrives on samples (and has yielded what may be our most notorious sample, Pachelbel’s Canon). Take a listen to how composers have paid their respects to their predecessors. Full story.
Jennifer Gersten (WQXR) / March 14, 2017