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When Chiba-based hip-hop producer Yuta Yamaoka, better known as Pigeondust, isn’t busy flipping through crates of dusty vinyl at used record shops, he’s at home dissecting and connecting bits and pieces of sounds, lifted from those records.

“I could make music from scratch if I wanted to, but by sampling I can achieve something I could never have made by myself,” he says. “If I take a five-second sample, that five seconds contains the essence of all the years of experience that particular musician went through up until the point that recording was made.”

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