Get Lost in the Sound of Space Courtesy of NASA: Free Downloadable Sound Packs

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 16.32.45The US space agency NASA has a Soundcloud page and they’ve recently stocked it with other-worldy sounds which you’re free to download and use! All the classic ‘hits’ are there, from “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” to the famous “Houston, we’ve had a problem”. Our personal favourites however are the field recordings of the ambient sounds of space: if you’ve ever wondered what the radio emissions of Saturn or lightning on Jupiter sounds like, you need wonder no more. These sounds and many more like them are all present:


You can explore more sound sets on the NASA Soundcloud page or download packs of them direct from the NASA website here.

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Discover the Equipment your Favourite Producers, DJs & Artists are Using with Equipboard

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 13.06.07 Equipboard launched in late 2013, and in the following year has set about documenting what equipment popular DJs, producers and artists are using in their live shows, studios and on the road. The range of artists is impressive with 14,000 products and 4,500 artists already cataloged. You can check out everything from, for example, what plugins Skrillex is using, what guitars Jimi Hendrix owned or what A-Trak‘s preferred DJ set up is. There’s also some more light-hearted content to keep you amused including curios such as Lil Jon‘s favorite brand of Purple Drank (clue: it’s his own).

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 13.09.13 Equipboard also lets users follow artists to get a notification whenever they have new gear added, create their own equipment board, to list the gear they want or have and share their ratings and reviews on products and find links where the listed equipment can be bought.

Visit www.equipboard.com to start exploring!

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Win Tickets to The Coup & Boots Riley Live at Jazz Cafe London

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This coming Tuesday (21st October 2014) Oakland CA’s The Coup featuring Boots Riley play at London’s famous Jazz Cafe with support from Classic Material DJs Chris Read and Nick Armitage. Having released music on seminal hip hop labels Wild Pitch, Tommy Boy and cult indie era label 75 Ark, The Coup will be performing material from their 6 classic (and sometimes controversial) Long Players.

We’ve got 5 pairs of tickets to the show to give away to 5 lucky readers. To enter, all you need to do is answer the following question:

“The Coup’s 1993 underground hit ‘Dig It’ contains samples of 5 records, but which track provides the organ riff on which the main hook of the track is based?’ [Clue the answer can be found on WhoSampled]

Email your answers to competitions@whosampled.com with ‘The Coup Competition’ in the subject heading. Entries must be received no later than 5pm (BST) on 17th October 2014. Winners will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the venue.

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You Need to Hear This: Experience Music Like Never Before with YNTHT and Philips Headphones

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You Need to Hear This’ is a new music platform brought to you by Noisey and Philips exploring evolution in music and innovation in sound. On the platform you’ll find musical curios from around the world ranging from an album only dogs can hear to a rendition of OutKast’s ‘Hey Ya’ performed on French horns. The launch of the platform coincides with the launch of Philips new ‘Citiscape’ headphone range which you can check out here.

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The headphones themselves mix style and performance featuring a range of colourways and styles, all with premium components. Pictured above is the ‘Foldie’, with biker-inspired styling including a headband utilising the look and feel of leather handle bar tape and great features for comfort and sound: high performance drivers for sound quality, closed acoustic design for greater bass and flexible arms / soft on-ear cushions for comfort. As the name suggests, the headphones have a compact foldable design, the detachable cable in particular being a winning feature.

Explore more at www.youneedtohearthis.com!

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Freddy Fresh interviewed for WhoSampled / Win Freddy Fresh Books

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For the latest edition of the WhoSampled interview series we interview veteran DJ, producer and record collector Freddy Fresh. Freddy’s exceptionally varied career has included reworking tracks for BDP in the mid 80s, touring Europe in the early 90s with the era’s A-list Techno DJs where he picked up fans including Aphex Twin, producing music alongside Fatboy Slim spawning UK Top 40 hits, launching his own label and compiling a compendium of rare and collectable rap records (a copy of which you can win in our latest competition – see below).

Listen here or via the widget below:

Freddy Fresh interviewed for WhoSampled by Whosampled on Mixcloud

 

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Alongside Freddy’s interview, we’ve got 2 copies of Freddy’s excellent ‘The Rap Records’ (2nd Edition) book to give away! For a chance to win, all you need to do is answer the following question:

“Fatboy Slim sampled Freddy Fresh’s voice (taken from a message Freddy left for him on a demo DAT cassette) in which Fatboy Slim track?” [Clue: The answer can be found in the interview!]

Email your answers to competitions@whosampled.com with ‘Freddy Fresh’ in the subject heading. Entries must be received no later than 5pm (BST) on 15th October 2014.

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Zed’s Dead – ‘Hadouken’ Music Video (shot at Smirnoff House at Tomorrowland)

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Toronto duo Zed’s Dead have put together a great new video for their track ‘Hadouken’ shot on location at Smirnoff House at Tomorrowland, bringing good time house party vibes to the festival.

To see more of what went down at Tommorowland, check out the official after video here.

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Win Copies of ‘Push > Start: The Art of Video Games’ Book & Vinyl Set!

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We’ve featured releases from the Earbooks series here in the past. Pairing design and photography with accompanying music in the form of vinyl or CD in beautifully packaged large format hard back books, each Earbooks release is genuine work of art and their latest release ‘Push > Start: The Art of Video Games‘ is no departure from that formula.

‘Push > Start’ charts the visual heritage of 40+ years of video gaming taking in examples from the pixelated simplicity of 1972’s classic ‘Pong’ to the hyper-realist first person action games of the present day via the golden era arcade games of the 1980s and cult classics including ‘Pac-Man‘ and ‘Mortal Kombat‘.

Music of course has played a key role in the development of video gaming with many video game soundtracks considered classics in their own right. Be it a result of nostalgia or the search for a certain sound, video game music has become a much utilised source for sample material with almost 2,000 samples of video game music listed on WhoSampled.

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Video game music fans will be pleased to learn that ‘Push > Start’ is accompanied by a eight track EP pressed on 10″ neon green vinyl containing exclusive remixes of video game soundtrack classics:

Side A

1) Kinuyo Yamashita – Vampire Killer (Big Twice Remix)
2) Koji Kondo – Super Mario Bros Main Theme (Big Twice Remix)
3) Takashi Tateishi – Dr Wily’s Theme (Big Twice Remix)
4) Keiji Yamagishi – Master Ninja Theme (Big Twice Remix)

Side B

1) Yoko Shimomura - Guile’s Theme (Big Twice Remix)
2) Hiroshi Kawaguchi – Space Harrier Main Theme (Big Twice Remix)
3) Kazuko Umino – Let’s Go To Pao Pao Island! (Big Twice Remix)
4) Big Twice – Korobeiniki

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We’ve got 3 copies of this fantastic book to give away to you, our lucky readers! All you need to do is answer the following question:

“Push Start vinyl release contains a remix of the classic theme from Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario Bros Theme‘. The track has been sampled on many occasions. In the year 2000 Cocoa Brovaz borrowed heavily from the track for a song dedicated to which New York borough? [Clue - the answer can be found on WhoSampled!]

Email your answers to competitions@whosampled.com with ‘Push > Start Comp’ in the subject heading. Entries must be received no later than 5pm (BST) on 9th October 2014.

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WhoSampled is 6 Years Old Today!

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Today WhoSampled celebrates its 6th Birthday! Another year on and now (unbelievably) 6 years since WhoSampled launched, we’re proud to continue to call ourselves the world’s leading resource for sample based music, cover songs and remixes.

We’ve had another great year with many achievements and plenty more in the pipeline:

- Just last week we launched our brand new FREE Android App, making our award winning iPhone App available to Android users for the first time. The response has been fantastic and we’re extremely happy to have made our unique brand of personalised music discovery available to the Android audience.

- The database continues grow at an incredible pace. This time last year we were celebrating passing the 200,000 track mark. One year on the database stands at over 270,000, showing not only that we’re growing fast but that the rate at which we’re growing is accelerating too!

- We partnered with Universal Music to power the content for www.getonupjamesbrown.com, the official website of the soundtrack to the James Brown biopic, ‘Get On Up!’. The mini site allows users to explore James Brown’s incredible influence via a choice of interactive timeline, Spotify playlists and by reference to the artists who have sampled his work.

- In August this year we worked with Universal Music to produce a series of infographics demonstrating the influence of the most popular tracks from the Motown catalog, in support of the compilation album from the hit TV show ‘The Nation’s Favourite Motown Song‘. The compilation topped the UK official best sellers charts.

- We hosted ‘Samplethon‘ at the Great Escape Festival in Brighton, UK – the world’s first Hackathon for music producers, giving a carefully selected group of young producers exclusive access to sample material from the vaults of renowned library music label Boosey & Hawkes. The winning tracks from the day are to be released alongside tracks from our team of mentor producers in the coming months, so watch this space!

- This summer we joined Complex Media Network, a move which allows us to enjoy all of the benefits of being part of a leading network for style, music, apparel and much more, whilst remaining fully independent.

- We also hosted a series of shows at London’s famous Jazz Cafe, with some of the world’s most sampled musicians including Tom Browne and Lonnie Liston Smith.

- Throughout the year, we’ve produced a program of exclusive content including articles, interviews, mixes and videos. Notable examples include interviews with Jazzy Jeff, Tom BrowneJalal of the Last PoetsDJ Amir and many more plus mixtapes in collaboration with Wax Poetics and Mr Bongo in celebration of the anniversaries and re-releases of some of the best loved hip hop and funk albums of years gone by. Many have been online ‘hits’, in particular our tribute to A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Midnight Marauders, now approaching a quarter of a million plays across platforms.

As always, we would like to extend a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who has made all these achievements possible – our moderators, content contributors, community of users, artists, labels, visitors, readers and listeners. You are WhoSampled and we love you all!

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The WhoSampled Android App is Out Now!

 

WS-android-400x400The wait is over. We are very pleased to announce that today we launch our brand new WhoSampled Android App as a FREE download!

For the first time, Android users can enjoy our award winning app, which allows access to the world’s largest database of sample-based music, cover songs and remixes anywhere, any time. The app brings the WhoSampled experience to Android in an easy to use, personalized way. Users of the app can discover the DNA of the music they love by exploring detailed information on songs, including which songs contain samples or have been sampled, which artists have covered music from other artists and which tracks have been remixed.

Our iPhone app has won many awards including being picked by Apple for its “App Store Best of Year” selection, The Telegraph’s “Music App of the Year” and being listed as one of the best apps in the world by The Sunday Times, The Next Web, Stylist and more.

Key features of WhoSampled app include:

- Go on a journey of musical discovery built around your own music collection. Scan your music library and discover amazing connections for the tracks in it
– Easy access to the world’s largest and richest database of music DNA. Search for any artist or track even if it is not in your music library
– Clean interface with simple and intuitive navigation makes music exploration easy
– Compare tracks side-by-side and listen to full-length tracks, streamed through YouTube (where available)
– Highly detailed information on any sample (sample timing, sample type, part sampled) lets you pinpoint where the sample was used and compare it with the original
– A “share” feature allowing you to share your amazing finds with your Facebook friends and Twitter followers
– Unique music charts that show trending and top-rated content as well as the all-time most influential artists and tracks
– Engage with the WhoSampled community from within the app; comment on and rate any entry in the WhoSampled database
– A host of other features and functionality including links to buy tracks, personal favorites list plus intelligent contextual recommendations from every sample, cover and remix

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE WHOSAMPLED ANDROID APP HERE.

Our beloved iPhone app can still be downloaded from here, of course.

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WhoSampled x Wax Poetics: Notorious BIG ‘Ready to Die’ 20th Anniversary Mixtape

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This Saturday (13th September) marks the 20th Anniversary of the release of one of hip hop’s all time classic albums, The Notorious BIG‘s seminal Bad Boy Records debut LP ‘Ready to Die’. In celebration of the album’s 20th birthday, we’ve teamed up with Wax Poetics to present an exclusive mixtape containing tracks from the album, alternate versions, interview snippets and, of course, original sample material used in the album’s production.

Mixed by WhoSampled’s Chris Read:

1. Notorious BIG – Intro (Excerpt)
2. Curtis Mayfield – Superfly [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Intro]
3. Audio 2 – Top Billin’ [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Intro]
4. Chris Read – Theme #3 (Scratchapella)
5. Snoop Dogg – Tha Shiznit [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Intro]
6. Main Ingredient – Summer Breeze [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Things Done Changed]
7. Biz Markie – The Vapors (Excerpt) [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Things Done Changed]
8. Dr Dre feat Snoop Dogg & Daz Dillinger – Lil Ghetto Boy (Excerpt) [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Things Done Changed]
9. Notorious BIG – Things Done Changed
10. Notorious BIG – Gimme The Loot
11. James Brown – Coldblooded (Excerpt) [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Gimme The Loot]
12. Notorious BIG – Machine Gun Funk (Instrumental)
13. A Tribe Called Quest feat Leaders of the New School – Scenario (Remix) (Excerpt) [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Gimme The Loot]
14. Ice Cube – What They Hittin’ Foe? (Excerpt) [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Gimme The Loot]
15. Black Heat – Something Extra [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Machine Gun Funk]
16. Notorious BIG – Machine Gun Funk (Album Version)
17. Lords of the Underground – Chief Rocka (Loop) [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Machine Gun Funk]
18. Notorious BIG – Machine Gun Funk (DJ Premier Remix)
19. Honey Drippers – Impeach the President (Loop) [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Unbelievable]
20. R Kelly – Your Body’s Callin’ (Excerpt) [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Unbelievable]
21. Notorious BIG feat Method Man – The What (Excerpt) [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Unbelievable]
22. Notorious BIG – Unbelievable
23. Notorious BIG feat Method Man – The What
24. Isaac Hayes – Walk On By [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Warning]
25. Notorious BIG – Warning
26. DeBarge – Stay With Me [Sampled in Notorious BIG - One More Chance (Remix)]
27. Notorious BIG – One More Chance (Album Version) (Excerpt)
28. Notorious BIG feat Faith Evans – One More Chance (Remix)
29. Notorious BIG – One More Chance (Album Version)
30. Notorious BIG – One More Chance (Hip Hop Mix)
31. Notorious BIG – Everyday Struggle
32. Dave Grusin – Either Way [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Everyday Struggle]
33. Mtume – Juicy Fruit [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Juicy]
34. James Mtume – RBMA Interview (Excerpt)
35. Notorious BIG – Juicy
36. Notorious BIG – Juicy (Pete Rock Instrumental)
37. Spoonie Gee and The Treacherous Three – Love Rap (Excerpt) [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Juicy (Pete Rock Remix)]
38. KC & The Sunshine Band feat George McCrae – I Get Lifted (Loop) [Sampled in Notorious BIG feat Diana King - Respect]
39. Pan Head – Gun Man Tune (Excerpt) [Sampled in Notorious BIG feat Diana King - Respect]
40. Notorious BIG feat Diana King – Respect
41. Notorious BIG – Me & My Bitch
42. Supercat feat Notorious BIG, Puff Daddy & 3rd Eye – Dolly My Baby (Excerpt) [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Big Poppa]
43. Isley Brothers – Between  The Sheets [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Big Poppa]
44. Notorious BIG – Big Poppa
45. Willie Hutch – Hospital Prelude of Love Theme [Sampled in Notorious BIG - Ready to Die]
46. Notorious BIG – Ready to Die

Listen on Mixcloud here or via the widget below.

Notorious BIG 'Ready to Die' 20th Anniversary Mixtape mixed by Chris Read by Whosampled on Mixcloud

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