The Fairlight CMI’s ‘ORCH5’ Sample

If you started breathing at any point prior to 1990, there’s a 99.9% chance you’ve heard this sample before; that unmistakable orchestral “sting” that in the mid 80’s could be found in nearly every pop album on display at the record store. First used by Bronx hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa in his 1982 track Planet Rock, the 8-bit sample (which was almost definitely sampled from Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird) quickly became a inescapable trope of 1980’s music production.

Simply put, it was the music equivalent of the Wilhelm Scream.

Via Vice

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