ARTS 207 Fall 2013 The Sample

"Cutting and pasting is the essence of what culture is all about... it's about drawing from what's around you, and subverting it and de-contextualizing it." -DJ Shadow.' This interdisciplinary course will provide a brief history of sample-based music, art and literature as well as hands-on practice in collecting and using samples in individual creative work. As a class we will work together to create a working definition of 'the sample' as well as a multimedia library of samples to be used in creative assignments. Topics of discussion will include sample-based music from the 'Amen Break' to the contemporary trends of mashups and plunderphonics, the literary cut-ups of Buroughs and Gysin, and the visual art of Duchamp's 'ready-mades' to contemporary artists such as Tom Friedman and Ben Rubin. We will also touch on the lurid history of legal battles over sample ownership, fair use law, the public domain, and the creative commons movement.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on a short paper, active participation in the development of a shared body of samples to be used in creative assignments, and a final project employing elements of this sample library' in one's chosen medium
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Prerequisites: 100-level class in creative arts or by permission of the instructor
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 12
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 1954
ARTS207-01(F) SEM The Sample Division 1: Languages and the Arts Nick W. Zammuto
M 7:00 PM-9:40 PM Spencer 216 1954
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