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plunderphonic songs

by plunderphonics

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    bonus tracks include an extended variation of the elegiac Book of Wings (originally published elsewhere) and Elephantine, a spasmodic funk diatribe.
    +bonus 32page full-color densely-illustrated and info-packed pdf,
    +complete DAB video.
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  • Five dozen tracks on two discs in this deluxe twenty-seven year retrospective box set; complete with double-size replications of all the Plunderphonics collages and a long revealing interview with project reproducer John Oswald, in a full-color 48 page shocking fact-filled exposé with dozens of outrageous illustrations, all wrapped in an eye-catching, spot-the-celebrities, digibook hardback case. 60 tracks spanning 27 years = 155 minutes of preposterous music.
    Free downloads of both the Plunderphonic Songs and the Plunderphonic Tunes albums,

    Includes unlimited streaming of plunderphonic songs via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    Get all 5 plunderphonics releases available on Bandcamp and save 15%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of RipRap, plunderphonic songs, plunderphonic tunes, GRAYFOLDED, and ELEKTRAX. , and , .

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'so he can't escape; there aint no way out, he's gonna die, personally!'
'hello, you love me'
'crazy crazy crazy'
'love me only as long as if some day is yours this time to fill'
‘you took me hot to perform one thigh’
5cm - mother 01:58
'jam out the kicks motherffffffffffffffff'
'pretty little angle eye'
"Molly's budgies'
'living forever'
"first the tide…rushes in'
'what is karma? i hear a voice—i feel lessless'
'doom doom doom doom doom ding doom'
'I sort of feel different for no apparent reason this strange hunch'
"if, i'm, not, uh, ware, uh i'm not/ tooo, aaarrrgggyhhh /awhere… yeah/ i, know, you too (huh), you tooo many (nnn) things— i, know, what i mean, (small) talk, talk, talk, & talk— doubt, what i am, i am whatever, i am you, am i / me/ not (really) nothing's too real. don't let me get to, don'let, don't let (him touch) me get too deep. if, i (k)would(ch)/ if what (is this thing) i am is what i mean — who's too deep? oh."
"Tears cruise away, packed and then took a shit The sky is ours, dark stains on his pants Enough to make him blush around the bone Take a walk in the park? Shit, yeah! It's a poor boy, a rich boy A poor rich boy coming right through me Rich boy, poor boy Poor rich boy coming right through me"
"fowl wind intake, for a breathing sore, heard your tapes today oh you could say that, or you could sing if, if you play it cool Gella whirls in, Gella worries, Gella, Gella whirls in her work to aim fate your rule, it’s i’m who too discus/s this dreamless drill a lending chiccup, landslide Gella always rules too aimlessly blameless, beautiful that will or won’t always, take that alone, Gellilla Gellilla Gellilla Gellilla na da dah da doo dada doo etc. now my hands skim shrunk as my head held high, i can’t re-render the sky she’s... (would put the book the look) crash me, render the sky she... '
"Oh-oh, yes I'm the great pretender Pretending that I'm doing well My need is such I pretend too much I'm lonely but no one can tell Oh-oh, yes Adrift in a world of my own I've played the game but to my real shame You've left me to dream all alone Too real is this feeling of make-believe Too real when I feel what my heart can't conceal Oh yes I'm the great pretender Just laughin' and gay like a clown I seem to be what I'm not, you see I'm wearing my heart like a crown Pretending that you're still around Too real is this feeling of make-believe Too real when I feel what my heart can't conceal Yes I'm the great pretender Just laughin' and gay like the clown I seem to be what I'm not, you see But I know what I am I am the Great Pretender"
"Just like the ones I used to know"
"gimme some static i need my shoes…gimme it"
" 1 2 3 4 — bring that beat back "


Plunderphonics Songs features all the tracks from the 2-disc set that have a vocal twist. The Tunes disc playlist (with lots of rare bonuses) is also available, here:
For the first time there's the choice to have one or both.
This ambitious package contains over 60 memorable tracks, from the Swinging Sixties to the Numb Nineties, on two hyper-dense discs covering the gamut of progressive musical endeavour, where punk meets classical, schmaltz marries metal, jazz divorces rap and electronica kills world. Each title features an instantly recognizable musical icon transformed into an electroquoted Frankenstein or Hyde with a plunderphoney moniker such as Anthrax Squeeze Factory, Sinéad O’Connick Jr, Beastie Shop Beach, or Bing Stingspreen. Often visceral, occasionally poignant, sometimes funny, never predictable and always challenging, the set is an entire record collection packed into this compact book form, including an extensively annotated retrospective account by reproducer Oswald, lavishly illustrated with full color collages.
Plunderphonics is a cultural paradox, one of the only truly underground musical phenomena to emerge in the latter quarter of the 20th century (“This art is more radical in its social and political associations than the introduction of the electric guitar”), yet featuring some of the world’s most recognizable music imbedded in novel constellations of sonic subversity by John Oswald.
“Plunderphonics is recreational savagery… A consistently brilliant record.”
"Mr Oswald flew past the level of mere sampling. He has taken sampling fifty times beyond what we’ve come to expect.”
The two albums constitute 'the bulk of “plunderphonic” work from this genius composer."


released October 31, 2001

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plunderphonics is the genre title coined by John Oswald to 'cover the counter-covert world of converted sound and retrofitted music, where collective melodic memories of the familiar are mined and rehabilitated to a new life. The blatant borrowings of the privateers of sound are a class distinct from common sample pocketing, parroting, and tune thievery.' ... more

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