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Digital Sampling: The Design and Use of Music Technologies

Harkins, Paul



Digital Sampling is the first book about the design and use of sampling technologies that have shaped the sounds of popular music since the 1980s.

Written in two parts, Digital Sampling begins with an exploration of the Fairlight CMI and how artists like Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel used it to sample the sounds of everyday life. It also focuses on E-mu Systems and the use of its keyboards and drum machines in hip-hop. The second part follows users across a range of musical worlds, including US/UK garage, indie folk music, and electronic music made from the sounds of sewers, war zones, and crematoriums.

Using material from interviews and concepts from the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Digital Sampling provides a new and alternative approach to the study of sampling and is crucial reading for undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including music technology, media, communication, and cultural studies.


Harkins, P. (2019). Digital Sampling: The Design and Use of Music Technologies. London: Routledge.

Book Type Authored Book
Acceptance Date Jul 1, 2019
Online Publication Date Aug 8, 2019
Publication Date Aug 27, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 13, 2019
Edition 1st
ISBN 9781351209960
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