Into the Remix: The Culture of Sampling
The introduction to Sampling Media, this chapter furnishes an overview both to the idea of sampling studies and to the content of the specific chapters collected in the book. The chapter opens with an episode from the cooking show Top Chef: Just Desserts, which unexpectedly remixes the culinary and musical meanings around “sampling.” This example illustrates and encapsulates the gist of the book: that sampling has moved beyond its origins in hip-hop music to function in widespread and compelling ways across a variety of media. The introduction emphasizes that sampling can be understood as a contemporary digital incarnation of a long-standing history of collage and appropriation in the arts. The introduction also contextualizes sampling in terms of politics, academics, aesthetics, and culture more generally, implicitly calling for (and initiating) “sampling studies.” Last, the introduction highlights the four sections of the book: “Roots,” “Scenes,” “Cinema,” and “Web.”
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