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REPLAY Syracuse University Symposium on Sound Sampling

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The Event

REPLAY is a day-long symposium that will explore, with the help of a panel of experts, the use of digital sampling and the re-use of historical recorded sound in musical innovation.

Friday, April 9, 2010, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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A distinguished panel—including a world renowned copyright expert; musicians who use sampling in their compositions; an academic expert; and a record label representative—will participate in a series of structured conversations about the law, business, technology, theory, and culture of sampling recorded sound. The event will also feature a live demo of sampling from the Belfer Audio Archive. The program will also be professionally filmed and simulcast on the Web.

The goal of REPLAY is to foster understanding of the myriad issues involved in sampling and to involve participants in developing best practices that can guide future use of recorded sound. The event also aims to connect with the broader creative, archival, and sound communities to help generate incisive discussion about the intersection of archival media, technology, and intellectual property.

The Website

REPLAY’s companion website at sampling.syr.edu (available March 15, 2010) will add context to the day’s proceedings. Information on recorded sound sampling—its culture, technologies, economics, legality, and musicality—will be presented and made available before and after the event. Portions of the webcast will also be made available for later viewing.

The Key Players

REPLAY is produced by the Belfer Audio Archive, Syracuse University Library, and is supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a Central New York Humanities Corridor. The symposium is sponsored by the Syracuse University Humanities Center (College of Arts and Sciences) and the Syracuse University Library.


Hank Shocklee
Shocklee Entertainment
Co-founder, Public Enemy

William Patry, Esq.
Senior Copyright Counsel, Google Inc.
Patry on Copyright
Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars

David Wolfert
Grammy- and Emmy-nominated
composer, arranger, songwriter

Philo T. Farnsworth
Founder, Illegal Art

Susan Butler
Executive Editor, Music Confidential

Loren Chodosh, Esq.
President, Loren Chodosh, P.C.

Primus Luta
Performance artist
Editor, AvantUrb


K. Matthew Dames
Copyright & Information Policy Adviser,
Syracuse University Library


Ulf Oesterle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries
Syracuse University

For more information, please
contact 315-443-5533 or


Syracuse University Library
Belfer Audio Archive
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, New York 13244-2010
p 315.443.2573 f 315.443.2060

email sampling@syr.edu
website sampling.syr.edu

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