The act of taking material from a previously existing sound recording and incorporating it into an entirely new sound recording. Sampling began as a technique used by experimental composers, but became a popular production technique in 1970's hip-hop culture and then spread to electronic music and other genres. In order to avoid copyright infringement, samples almost always require a license to use the sound recording and often require a license to use the underlying composition.

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