The United States of America Quotes
I think a lot is lost in sampling. For rare instances when you want a tunable sound effect, or to edit 34 seconds down to 30, it's a godsend, but it seems to contribute to "aural clutter," and that's not good.
I appreciate your citing the uncluttered quality, because it was something very much in my mind. I'd studied with and conducted Cage and Feldman (as well as Mauricio Kagel and Sylvano Bussotti), for one thing. For another, I thought the "wall of sound" approach was awful, ending up with a mush that had neither majesty nor focus. And that's where The Beach Boys were headed. Indeed, that's where The Beatles might have gone without George Martin's firm hand. This is not to say that I think we were better than either band.
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