Samples, Junior
June 12, 2006 8:59 PM   Subscribe

Are there any comprehensive sites which catalog the original sources of audio later sampled in songs?

Example: Yesterday, whilst idly searching for video of the man responsible for voicing The Truth, I watched this excerpt from Wild Angels and immediately recognized "Just what is it you want to do?" as the sample that kicks off Payroll's Bank Holiday.

It occurs to me that a database which maps samples to their original sources (e.g. The "knock 'em out the box" in De La Soul's "Brakes" is a sample from Slick Rick's "Children's Story") and vice versa (e.g. A list of all 24,000 songs that have sampled Slick Rick's "Children's Story") would be an entertaining resource, if not exactly useful.

The Google waters are quite muddied when searching for terms like music sample database. Know of any worthwhile sites?
posted by Danelope to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My comment in a related thread may help you find associated technology. Not all are sites, per se, but applications developed to analyze and store profiles of pop music.
posted by Mr. Six at 9:09 PM on June 12, 2006 is good for this, although I really dislike their design.
posted by smackfu at 9:22 PM on June 12, 2006

It seems there should be a 'family tree' of samples. If this doesn't exist yet, it should.
posted by Wild_Eep at 7:01 AM on June 13, 2006

not exactly what you were looking for, but interesting:

"'Famous sounds' are sounds that have been created or used by somebody, liked and then copied by many others, and thus earned a 'classic' status."
posted by (lambda (x) x) at 10:49 AM on June 13, 2006

The Online Guitar Archive has a list of sampled quotes from movies and music, ordered by frequency.
posted by blue grama at 11:06 AM on June 13, 2006

This used to be the best place for information of this nature, but it is sadly defunct.
posted by prostyle at 11:24 AM on June 13, 2006

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