The History of... The Emulator II Shakuhachi Flute Sample.

Good Press, 2013.

I was asked to contribute a piece (consisting of a work on cassette tape, with accompanying sleeve artwork / notes) by Glasgow's Good Press to their 'The history of...' exhibition, in 2013.

The piece concerns the infamous Shakuhachi Flute sample that came bundled with the Emulator II sampling synthesizer - This ubiquitous sound has been made famous on tracks like Peter Gabriel's 'Sledgehammer' and has become a staple of dance music / pop culture.

The cassette contains a 30 minute mixtape of isolated incidents of the sound throughout the popular music of the 80's onwards, while the essay tries to describe the aesthetic and cultural qualities of the sound.