I was browsing through Digg’s music category and found this rather great Micheal Jackson Sample map.
After an inconsistent estimate of how much Mike gained in royalties, I decided to look into this sample map-making a bit further.
It was made by computer nerd Ethan Hein (his own words), and can be found on his Flickr account. I was unsurprisingly surprised to see not one single sample map, but many samplemaps from many different artists. Apparently Ethan made these thanks to the artists’ Wikipedia profiles and other sites such as Rap Sample FAQ (which is an awesome directory of who stole what from who). Since the most prominent samplers are rappers (or do we say samplerers in this case?), most starting points of these rotational maps are either funk musicians and funk bands from the 70’s and 80’s, or hip-hop artists.
You can see the sample maps of:
- Herbie Hancock
- Miles Davis
- Al Green’s “I’m Still In Love With You”
- Parliament’s “Mothership Connection”
- Jackson 5
- Kool and the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie” and “Jazz Jungle”
- James Brown’s “Funky Drummer”
- Run DMC
- Hall and Oates
- Naughty by Nature
- Fugees’ “The Socre”
- Missy Elliot
- Kanye West
- Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”
- Destiny’s Child
,and a couple of others I didn’t really know about.
Ethan’s Flickr account is truly nice and entertaining, so I encourage you all to check it out. You can also have a look at his “Computer Evolution” book who’s front page will greet you with yet another very interesting map.
A warm Woof to Ethan!