Five minutes of sublime music. Five minutes that tells the story of one very important chapter in recent musical history.
What we have here is a 3 or 4 second sample of a very well known song used to create a completely new piece of music. There is some drum machining in there too (created by The Field) but it’s primarily the sample from the original song played over and over again through various pieces of effects technology.
Yet it sounds stunningly original and precisely of this minute rather than 1984 when the original song was released. It’s a very creative piece of work yet the creativity does not come from the song writing or the musicianship, and it’s certainly not from the words or their meaning as they’ve been left out entirely. The creativity is in the sampling and editing and remixing. What started as Dub experimentation in Jamaica in the late ’60′s with Mixing Desk as musical instrument and Producer as creator (see ABON 0014) has evolved into this.
The debate about the merits and creative morality of this post modern form of creating music versus more traditional song writing and performing is over (surely!). In the light of the sheer beauty, emotion and creativity of much post modern music it has become an academic debate. A more interesting topic for discussion is why the sampling of this particular bit of that song in precisely this way results in a sublime piece of music.