You can’t hide beat : a collection of David Bowie cover versions created using samples from his own famous recordings

Kardos, Leah (2015) You can’t hide beat : a collection of David Bowie cover versions created using samples from his own famous recordings. In: The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie; 17-18 Jul 2015, Melbourne, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Taking inspiration from hip hop styles, where artists and their producers regularly re-appropriate samples and looped sections from known musical recordings and use them to construct new compositions, I became interested in the communicative power and cultural meaning of famous sounds. In You Can’t Hide Beat, I set out to create a project with a specific audience in mind: the online Bowie fan community. In creating these covers, I used Bowie’s other recordings to provide the sounds; this was done by utilising looping sections (in the manner of the hip hop model) as well as triggering one-shot samples and creating entirely original pitched instruments. To the average listener, who might be indifferent to or unaware of Bowie’s work, it would work on a certain level (as it remains a song produced in an accessible electro-pop style). However, to the experienced listener/fan these materials hold more cultural power – the listening experience deepens with layers of meaning and suggestion, a treasure hunt for familiar and beloved sonic artefacts

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie
Organising Body: Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Research Area: Music
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Performance and Screen Studies
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Depositing User: Leah Kardos
Date Deposited: 17 May 2016 15:57
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2016 14:32
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/34642

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