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Where does this famous rhythm pattern come from (oftenly used to knock on a door)?

This pattern comes from a fanfare often used at the end of a musical performance called "Shave and a Haircut- Two Bits" I found this reference to it on Wikipedia: In music, the call "...
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Where is this "overused" piece of ending originated from?

Ah, the “shave and a haircut, two bits” ending! From what I found it was first used over 120 years ago (with no lyrics) in an 1899 song by Charles Hale, called “At a Darktown Cakewalk.” Your pitches ...
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The "right here, right now" sample in "Right Here, Right Now"

Not totally authoritative, but compare for yourself I did a quick edit/overlay for comparison. I'd say it's close enough to be sure they are the same. https://clyp.it/yhomglty# Short snippet, with ...
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What song has been sampled the most (ended up in the most other released tracks)?

This article says that the most sampled song of all-time is "Change the Beat" by Fab 5 Freddy: According to the BBC, though, one song has proven particularly popular among DJs and musicians:...
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What differentiates the 808 kicks from others?

Why is the 808 kick so popular? Both the TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines have carved their character into many genres, including house, techno, r&b, electro, and hip-hop. Released in 1980 and ...
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What is the source of this clause, often used to mark the completion of something?

There's a Wikipedia page on this riff which is called "Shave and a Haircut". One of the earliest uses was in a 1899 song by Charles Hale: "At a Darktown Cakewalk", although it was used in other songs ...
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Was The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" the first released record to contain a sample of another released record?

It looks like sampling predates the Beatles somewhat. In 1924, Italian composer Ottorino Respighi premiered his symphonic poem, Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome). In this piece, many scenes from the ...
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Is the guitar riff from the chorus of The Rover used in any other songs?

The guitar riff/chord structure has hints of Stairway to Heaven, but in a different key The verse sounds like anything by ZZ Top, with a touch of Rocky Mountain Way, minus the shuffle. WhoSampled ...
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What was Dr Dre's spoon instrument?

The instrument is a Flexatone. It's a percussion instrument with two balls which strike a metal blade controlled by the thumb. Shaking it produces spooky glissando effects. Dr Dre probably uses a ...
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Where does this famous rhythm pattern come from (oftenly used to knock on a door)?

In the Netherlands a comical music group, called The Cocktail Trio, had a hit in 1965 with a song about a flea circus. Ultimately a flea makes the biggest jump ever to the moon. The song ends with the ...
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Did the "Call 911 now!" sample in Skrillex's "First of the Year (Equinox)" come from a YouTube video?

After some quick gewgulls, I'd say the answer is yes. Crazy Lady yells at skaters Call 911 now original BTW, as referenced above, here's the Scary Monsters original sample: 7.00!!! OMG!!! NEW PB! ...
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Does the riff in *Shake Your Body* (The Jacksons) sound the same as the one in "Golden Years" (Bowie)?

They do sound similar! Writing credit would be too much. After all its just a bassline which sounds similar, not the same.
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How is the effect called when you slap a drum stick on the metal edge of the snare?

It's known as a side-stick or cross-stick Google found this http://freewavesamples.com/side-stick or this set looks pretty comprehensive - http://www.freesound.org/people/quartertone/packs/8839/ I ...
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Sampled Rap Songs

Depending on your definition of "non-rap", I know for a fact that artists such as Girl Talk (along with others on the Illegal Art label) sampled plenty of rap for songs that weren't necessarily rap. ...
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Seeking song with passionate noises to sample

I'm assuming this is a project for your own personal enjoyment --if you're sampling for a commercial project, you'll need to either get all your samples cleared or make sure they are 100% in the ...
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Seeking song with passionate noises to sample

The first two that come to mind for me are: 1) "Love to Love You Baby" by Donna Summer 2) "French Kiss" by L'il Louis Or are these going too far the other way?
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Did Aphex Twin ever used samples from someone else's tracks?

Using WhoSampled.com, you can find some of the songs that Aphex Twin has sampled. It turns out that he has sampled over 75 songs, including (among many other songs of varying popularity): "Apache" by ...
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How is the effect called when you slap a drum stick on the metal edge of the snare?

My drummer always called it a rimshot.
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Any Plunderphonics recommendations?

Girl Talk - Feed the Animals (2008) and Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica (2011) are both classic albums in my opinion.
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Which modern songs/melodies use the "Devil's interval" augmented 4th, discounting the use of tritone substitution in jazz?

The Simpsons theme (The Siiimp -- sons :-) Maria, from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story are the ones that come to my mind. A note of caution, though, the association of the expression "diabolus ...
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