Rattling Chains and Cackling Chickens – Non-Musical Sampling in Experimental Electronic Pop

Liechti, Hannes (2 December 2017). Rattling Chains and Cackling Chickens – Non-Musical Sampling in Experimental Electronic Pop (Unpublished). In: The Future Sound of Pop Music. University of the Arts Bern. 30.11.-02.12.2017.

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Today the cultural technique and production method of sampling has become a kind of lingua franca for producers in electronic music around the globe. Not least when creating new sounds, sampled sonic material often plays a central role. However beyond the genre of hip hop and issues of copyright, authorship, and originality, the production method remains understudied. It is especially a close look on the practices of sampling and the «musical and political goals» of samplists (Rodgers 2003) that is still missing and that could help to understand the origination of sounds.

This paper examines the sampling practices of a few artists from the network of NON Worldwide, a globally active avant-garde label and collective that has received considerable coverage in the music press over the past few years. These artists who have been labelled as «the new industrialists» elsewhere (Zevolli 2016) heavily sample in their tracks; among others a great amount of non-musical sounds such as rattling chains, gunshots, a Muezzin call, or cackling chickens. In this paper I want to examine what and why these artists sample; what function sampling takes up in these mostly instrumental tracks, and how it influences or determines the futuristic sounds of NON.

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 09:07

Last Modified:

13 Dec 2017 09:07

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Sampling, Aesthetics, Experimental Electronic Pop, Musical Production, Digital Culture



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