Editorial: Borrowing, quotation, sampling and plundering

Blackburn, Manuella (2019). Editorial: Borrowing, quotation, sampling and plundering. Organised Sound, 24(02) pp. 115–120.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355771819000153


As the call for articles for this issue remarked, the activity of borrowing is ubiquitous within the arts. Music, like visual and literary arts, demonstrates an extensive variety of ways recycling existing material (recordings, scores, music, sounds and ideas) can assist and inspire the generation of new art. Focusing the lens upon sound borrowing and its manifestations within the realm of sonic arts presented a theme that surprisingly had not been addressed previously, which seems at odds with the fact that sound borrowing practices (e.g., sampling) have been in operation for decades, and borrowing or stealing in music for centuries.

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