Modern pop songs are mash-ups of samples and references--which usually fly over your head, unless you're some kind of musical savant.
Which is why Roland Loesslein, a student at University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg, Germany, created Digging the Crates. The installation looks like a normal stack of records and a record player. But each record is loaded with an RFID chip; when placed on the turntable, that calls up a file, loaded with an original sample--and a newer track that borrows that sample. That data is then represented in an infographic that's beamed onto the record itself--turning it into an interactive scroll wheel that lets you explore how a piece of music has been transformed:
You gotta wonder at the possibilities: How could would it be to use something like this to explore a song by Girl Talk, and listen all the nuggets that go into the finished product?