October 23, 2003

Plunderphonic idea for iTunes' Audiobooks

Apple's iTunes Music Store is a great place to get high-quality sound samples. All 400,000 songs are available in 30-second previews. Great stuff.

But what really interests me, as an untapped artistic opportunity, is Apple's new collection of 5,000 audiobooks, radio interviews (Fresh Air, Science Friday, Car Talk, etc) and comedies. The sound samples in this section of Apple's music store are 90 seconds long, and there are 5,000 of them! That's like 125 hours' worth of spoken word material to plunder!

Imagine the possibilities for samples. Setting aside the copyright clearance issues: I'm strictly thinking of the artistic possibilities for sampling this huge spoken word archive, and inserting snippets of clips into new musical compositions. Remember you read it here first when some big publication publishes an article about it. Posted by brian at October 23, 2003 12:04 PM

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