Sampling Politics – Cultural Commentary through Sampling in Experimental Electronic Pop Music

Liechti, Hannes (26 June 2017). Sampling Politics – Cultural Commentary through Sampling in Experimental Electronic Pop Music (Unpublished). In: 19th Biennial IASPM Conference – Popular Music Studies Today. University of Kassel. 26.-30.06.2017.

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Today the production method and cultural technique of sampling has become a kind of lingua franca for producers in electronic music around the globe. Musicians and producers often sample instruments, field recordings, media material and previously released music in their tracks. In doing so they transform the meaning of the source material, particularly as regards its cultural and political contexts.

This paper discusses sampling strategies in tracks from current experimental electronic pop music, and investigates the ways in which such tracks could be analysed fruitfully. It calls for a deeper analysis of sampling practices in popular music, beyond the questions of creativity, authorship, and copyright that have shaped academic writing since the rise of musical sampling in the 1980s. It is thus important to focus on actual music-making, and to ask to what musical and ideological ends sampling is used, so that we might reveal the complex debates taking place behind current electronic pop music.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Musicology

Graduate School:

Graduate School of the Arts (GSA)

UniBE Contributor:

Liechti, Hannes


700 Arts > 780 Music


[42] Schweizerischer Nationalfonds


[872] Glokale Sounds - Wie Tracks Referenzen auf Orte verarbeiten und neu kodieren Official URL




Hannes Liechti

Date Deposited:

13 Dec 2017 09:40

Last Modified:

13 Dec 2017 09:40

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Sampling, Music and Politics, Electronic Dance Music, Cultural Meaning, Musical Borrowing


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