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SAMPLING AND MIXING BACKSTREET BOYS VS. WEIRD AL YANKOVIC Sampling In music , sampling refers to the act of taking a portion of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument in a new recording.

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sampling and mixing





  • In music, sampling refers to the act of taking a portion of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument in a new recording.
  • This is done with a sampler, which can either be a piece of hardware, or a computer program on a digital computer. A sampler is an electronic musical instrument that uses stored audio signal samples, generally recordings of existing sounds, and plays them back at a range of pitches.
  • Often "samples" consist of one part of a song used in another, for instance the use of the drumline from Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks" in songs by the Beastie Boys, Mike Oldfield and Erasure.
  • "Samples" occur often in hip hop and R&B, but are becoming more common in other music, as well.
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Sampling dates back to the 1960s when Jamaican DJs tried out a type of music called dub. These DJs combined reggae albums with other albums into single works. Frequently, they would rap over the music, scatting unrehearsed lyrics.

These early practices made their way to America in the early 70s. With the assistance of Jamaican-born DJ Kool Herc, who moved to the Bronx, dub, the buoyant predecessor to hip-hop, fashioned latter-day DJing and sampling techniques.

Initially, DJs did not have the technological comfort of samplers.

By the late 1970s, the stylings of Herc spread from the West Bronx all over New York City. Like any musical style, dub became modified to its surroundings. As an alternative of reggae, disco and funk music - which was the trendy inner-city music of the day - were mixed together. New Yorkers were improvising their own variety of poetry and dub was soon christened "rap".

Near the mid-1980s, rap music was budding and samplers were very low-priced. It was at this time that sampling finally became mainstream.

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audio mixing
Audio Mixing
  • Audio mixing is the process by which a multitude of recorded sounds are combined into one or more channels, most commonly two-channel stereo. In the process, the source signals' level, frequency content, dynamics and panoramic position are commonly being manipulated and effects such as reverb might be added. This practical, aesthetic or otherwise creative treatment is done in order to produce an elevated mix that is more appealing to listeners.
  • Audio mixing is done in studios as part of an album or single making. The mixing stage often follows the multitrack recording stage and the final mixes are normally submitted to a mastering engineer. The process is generally carried out by a mixing engineer (a mixer), though sometimes it is the musical producer who mixes the recorded material.
alfred matthew weird al yankovic
Alfred Matthew “Weird Al” Yankovic
  • Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic (pronounced /ˈjæŋkəvɪk/; born October 23, 1959) is an Americansinger-songwriter, music producer, actor, comedian and satirist. Yankovic is known in particular for his humorous songs that make light of popular culture and that often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts. Since his first-aired song parody in 1979, he has sold more than 12 million albums—more than any other comedy act in history—[1] recorded more than 150 parody and original songs,[2][3][4] and has performed more than 1,000 live shows.[5] His works have earned him three Grammy Awards among nine nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States. Yankovic's first top ten Billboard album (Straight Outta Lynwood) and single ("White & Nerdy") were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his career.
weird al s success
Weird Al’s Success
  • In addition to recording his albums, Yankovic has written and starred in his own film, UHF, and his own television show, The Weird Al Show, and directed music videos for himself and other artists including Ben Folds, Hanson, and The Presidents of the United States of America. He has also made guest appearances on television shows such as Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, The Simpsons, Behind the Music, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Johnny Bravo, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Sabrina, the Animated Series, Square One Television, Robot Chicken, and Transformers: Animated in addition to starring in his own Al TV specials.
weird al s life
Weird Al’s Life
  • Al's first accordion lesson, which sparked his career in music, was on October 22, 1966, a day before his seventh birthday. A door-to-door salesman traveling through Lynwood offered the Yankovic parents a choice of accordion or guitar lessons at a local music school. Yankovic claims the reason his parents chose accordion over guitar was "They figured there should be at least one more accordion-playing Yankovic in the world", referring to Frankie Yankovic, to whom he is no relation.[7] He continued lessons at the school for three years before continuing to learn on his own.[6] Yankovic's early accordion role models include Frankie Yankovic and Myron Floren (the accordionist on The Lawrence Welk Show). In the 1970s, Yankovic was a big fan of Elton John and claims John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album "was partly how I learned to play rock 'n roll on the accordion."[7] He would repeatedly play the album and try to play along on his accordion. As for his influences in comedic and parody music, Yankovic lists artists including Tom Lehrer, Stan Freberg, Spike Jones, Allan Sherman, Shel Silverstein and Frank Zappa "and all the other wonderfully sick and twisted artists that he was exposed to through the Dr. Demento Radio Show."[6][9] Other sources of inspiration for his comedy come from Mad magazine,[7]Monty Python,[10] and the Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker parody movies.[11]
more weird al
More Weird Al
  • Yankovic began kindergarten a year earlier than most children, and he skipped the second grade. "My classmates seemed to think I was some kind of rocket scientist so I was labeled a nerd early on", he recalls.[7] As his unusual schooling left him two years younger than most of his classmates, Yankovic was not interested in sports or social events at school. He claims to have been a straight-A student throughout high school, which earned him the honor of becoming valedictorian of his senior class.[7] Yankovic was fairly active in his school's extracurricular programs, including the National Forensic League (in which he "usually brought home some kind of trophy"), a play based upon Rebel Without a Cause, the yearbook program (for which he wrote most of the captions), and the Volcano Worshipper's Club, "which did absolutely nothing. We started the club just to get an extra picture of ourselves in the yearbook."[7]
the beginnings
The Beginnings
  • [edit] Dr. Demento, "My Bologna" and early fame
  • In 1976, Yankovic, then a high school senior, sent a homemade tape to Dr. Demento, the host of a comedy radio program.[7] The tape's first song was "Belvedere Cruisin", about his family's Plymouth Belvedere; another song included on the tape (which never received airtime) was "Dr. D Superstar", a parody of the title song from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar.[12] Demento said "'Belvedere Cruising' might not have been the very best song I ever heard, but it had some clever lines [...] I put the tape on the air immediately."[7] Yankovic also played at local coffeehouses saying,
  • “It was sort of like amateur music night, and a lot of people were like wannabe Dan Fogelbergs. They'd get up on stage with their acoustic guitar and do these lovely ballads. And I would get up with my accordion and play the theme from '2001.' And people were kind of shocked that I would be disrupting their mellow Thursday night folk fest.[13]”During Yankovic's sophomore year as an architecture student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, he became a disc jockey at the university's radio station, KCPR. Yankovic said he had been nicknamed "Weird Al" by fellow students and "took it on professionally" as his persona for the station.[7] In 1978, he released his first recording (as Alfred Yankovic), "Take Me Down", on the LP, Slo Grown, as a benefit for the Economic Opportunity Commission of San Luis Obispo County. The song mocked famous nearby landmarks such as the fountain toilets at the Madonna Inn.
fame has a name
Fame has a Name
  • In mid-1979, shortly before his senior year, "My Sharona" by The Knack was on the charts and Yankovic took his accordion into the restroom across the hall from the radio station (to take advantage of the echo chamber acoustics) and recorded a parody entitled "My Bologna". He sent it to Dr. Demento, who played it to good response from listeners. Yankovic met The Knack after a show at his college, and introduced himself as the author of "My Bologna". The Knack's lead singer, Doug Fieger, said he liked the song and suggested that Capitol Records vice president Rupert Perry release the song as a single.[7] "My Bologna" was released as a single with "School Cafeteria" as its B-side, and the label gave Yankovic a six-month recording contract.[14] Yankovic, who was "only getting average grades" in his architecture degree, began to realize that he might make a career of comedic music.[7]
  • On September 14, 1980, Yankovic was a guest on the Dr. Demento Show, where he was to record a new parody live. The song was called "Another One Rides the Bus", a parody of Queen's hit, "Another One Bites the Dust". While practicing the song outside the sound booth, he met Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, who told him he was a drummer and agreed to bang on Yankovic's accordion case to help Yankovic keep a steady beat during the song. They rehearsed the song just a few times before the show began.[7] "Another One Rides the Bus" became so popular that Yankovic's first television appearance was a performance of the song on the The Tomorrow Show (April 21, 1981) with Tom Snyder. On the show, Yankovic played his accordion, and again, Schwartz banged on the accordion case and provided comical sound effects
backstreet boys i want it that way
Backstreet BoysI Want it That way Lyrics:YeahYou are my fireThe one desireBelieve when I sayI want it that wayBut we are two worlds apartCan't reach to your heartWhen you sayThat I want it that way[Chorus:]Tell me whyAin't nothin' but a heartacheTell me whyAin't nothin' but a mistakeTell me whyI never wanna hear you sayI want it that wayAm I your fireYour one desireYes I know it's too lateBut I want it that way

[Chorus]Now I can see thatwe're falling apartFrom the way that itused to be, yeahNo matter the distanceI want you to knowThat deep downinside of me...You are my fireThe one desireYou areYou are, you are, you areDon't wanna hear you sayAin't nothin' but a heartacheAin't nothin' but a mistake(Don't wanna hear you say)I never wanna hear you sayI want it that wayTell me whyAin't nothin' but a heartacheTell me whyAin't nothin but a mistakeTell me whyI never wanna hear you say(Don't wanna hear you say it)I want it that wayI want it that wayLyrics: I Want it That way, Backstreet Boys [end]

Backstreet Boys: I Want It That Way
weird al ebay he sampled the music and re wrote the lyrics
Weird Al YankoviceBay Lyrics:Yeah A used ... pink bathrobe A rare ... mint snowglobe A Smurf ... TV tray I bought on eBay My house ... is filled with this crap Shows up in bubble wrap Most every day What I bought on eBay Tell me why (I need another pet rock) Tell me why (I got that Alf alarm clock) Tell me why (I bid on Shatner's old toupee) They had it on eBay I'll buy (buy, buy,)... your knick-knack Just check ... my feedback "A++!" they all say They love me on eBay Gonna buy (a slightly-damaged golf pack) Gonna buy (some Beanie Babies, new with tags) From some guy I've never met in Norway [ Find more Lyrics on ]Found him on eBay

I am the type who is liable to snipe you With two seconds left to go, whoa Got Paypal or Visa, whatever'll please ya As long as I've got the dough I'll buy ... your tchotchkes Sell me ... your watch, please I'll buy (I'll buy, I'll buy, I'll buy ...) I'm highest bidder now (Yeahhh)(Junk keeps arriving in the mail) (From that worldwide garage sale) (Dukes Of Hazzard ashtray) (Hey! A Dukes Of Hazzard ashtray) Oh yeah ... (I bought it on eBay) Wanna buy (a PacMan Fever lunchbox) Wanna buy (a case on vintage tube socks) Wanna buy (a Kleenex used by Dr. Dre, Dr. Dre) Found it on eBay Wanna buy (that Farrah Fawcett poster) (Pez dispensers and a toaster) Don't know why ... the kind of stuff you'd throw away I'll buy on eBay What I bought on eBay-y-y-y-y-y-y-y-y-y-yLyrics: eBay, Weird Al Yankovic [end]

Weird Al- EBay(he sampled the music and re-wrote the lyrics)
your project
  • Find a partner and sit next to them
  • Re-write a popular song in the style of Weird Al Yankovic
  • No cuss words, no sex, no drugs, no alcohol, no gangs
  • You must provide written lyrics of the original song and the new song you write
  • Present in class on Friday
your project example
Twinkle twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky

Twinkle twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

Your Project- EXAMPLE

Happy little twinkie man

I really wish your name was Stan

You’re so good in a yummy pie

Don’t leave me out or I’ll get dry

Happy little twinkie man

I really wish your name was Stan