Those who know my work for Artomat know that I sample my favorite art influences all the time. I do this in a visual medium, but I recently found a TED talk by British music producer (and NY DJ) Mark Ronson ("Uptown Funk") on music sampling in the digital (or even post-digital) age.
His talk is excellent, and Clarice and I really enjoyed his insights. After watching it, we talked about how every artist, whether dramatic, visual or musical, takes what he loves (his influences) and re-interprets that art in a way that honors the original.
Ronson explains precisely what he means in his excellent verbal delivery, but his musical demonstrations provide the best teaching on the subject of sampling.
Those concerned with infringement, plagiarism and denial of authenticity miss the point of his speech: there is no art without the artists who come before us. We stand on the shoulders of our artistic ancestors.
"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." -- Charles Caleb Colton, 1820, Lacon