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  • It's known as "plunderphonics," and it consists of stealing snippets of audio from a vast variety of sources and bending it to uses the original artists or speakers would hardly dare to imagine.

    Performance Review: Negativland

  • John Oswald has been experimenting with a process he calls 'plunderphonics' for some years now.

    The Annotated "Dark Star"

  • Click below for links to the torrents and let the plunderphonics begin!

    - Boing Boing

  • I came across the tapes from artist John Oswald of plunderphonics fame.

    She Be She Strike

  • Otis Fodder and Mildred Pitt are returning with another plunderphonics album on Illegal Art (Negativland, Girl Talk, Steinski).


  • "As I mentioned earlier, plunderphonics usually entails taking what seems to be normal music and making it strange.

    The Annotated "Dark Star"

  • Sometimes, despite the intently lackadaisical sound palette, the individual tracks rub up against each other in vaguely unsettling ways: slurry phone chatter goofiness leads into Elizabeth Fraser’s elfin glossolalia into Plaid’s blippy computer pop into a bit of Moebius-strip plunderphonics courtesy of the Tape Beatles.

    Disquiet » Ambient Pop MP3 Mega Mix

  • Faced with a restless crowd and the threat of a lukewarm shower of the £3.50 a pint variety, the man whose parents most probably didn't bless with the name Ergo could just look back at his decade-long recording career and pluck out the many sound collages he created for Radio 3 or Resonance, snippets of his installation work or one of his collaborations with fellow plunderphonics whizz People Like Us. He could throw in TV and radio themes or a crowd-pleasing cover version: maybe a cut from 2003's Ergo Phizmiz & his Orchestra

    Drowned In Sound // Feed


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  • "On the phone, Gillis resists accepting too much credit for his accomplishment. "I didn't pioneer this kind of thing," he says, pointing to decades-old work by Negativland and John Oswald, who coined the term "plunderphonics" to describe his brand of micromanaged audio collage."

    - Seattle Weekly, "Appetite for Reconstruction:

    The legimate virtuosity of Pittsburgh's mash-up maestro Girl Talk", January 24, 2007

    November 21, 2007

  • Essentially, "remix culture," a-la the 1980s. I've tried to explain further here.

    March 29, 2007