Last week it was Daft Punk’s ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’.
Now, thanks to developer Matt Daniels, you can play beats from Dilla, Kanye and 9th Wonder using your computer keyboard. Sample Stitch is an interactive hip hop sampler that takes the source material from J Dilla’s ‘Don’t Cry’ (The Escorts’ ‘I Can’t Stand to See You Cry’), Kanye and Jay Z’s ‘Otis’ (Otis Redding’s ‘Try A Little Tenderness’) and 9th Wonder’s ‘Impressknowsoul!!!!’ (The Impressions’ ‘Sunshine’), and lets you reinterpret, record and even share your creations to Facebook and Twitter.
“I’ve been re-constructing hip hop songs from their original samples, and every time I’ve been fascinated by the producer’s choices,” Daniels says on the website of what inspired him to program Sample Stitch. “Producers are studying these moments for hours. They understand the minutia – the exact note at the exact millisecond that creates an interesting beat. I wish that more people understood this process and gift, so I’ve re-created the process of chopping up a sample, just as a producer would.”
As well as coding Sample Stitch, noted hip hop geek Daniels was last year responsible for finding out which hip hop artist had the greatest vocabulary (Spoiler: Drake didn’t fare so well).