plunderphonic

adj. (from plunder and -phonic)

  1. Of sound sampled out of its original context.

Jesse Thorn: Now, what kind of music when you were in school were you composing? What were your goals in your composition?

Dan Deacon: I just wanted to try as much stuff that appealed to me as possible. I didn’t really focus on anything; maybe I should’ve. In the beginning it was just sort of a mish-mash of everything, very Fluxus influenced compositions, or like, just weird text-based scores for non-musicians, just to make sounds at various intervals of time, or like very in-depth, very complex traditional notational scores for string ensemble or brass ensemble; pieces for small orchestra.

And then weird electronic sort of pop songs, at the same time, and then trying to mesh those two worlds together. I was really influenced by Negativland, and this female composer, Vicki Bennett, who goes by People Like Us, and started doing more plunderphonic compositions where it was focused exclusively on using samples and sample manipulation and just trying to mesh all those worlds together. —Dan Deacon, The Sound of Young America

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