SAMPLED: Christina Aguilera – "Make The World Move"

by Aaron Zorgel

November 15, 2012

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SAMPLED examines the skeletal production of a contemporary rap, R&B, hip-hop or pop song — Where did the loop, sample, or chopped up vocal providing the backbone originate? SAMPLED gives you the history, the context, and the insight.

This week, the sample is taken from Italian film composer Armando Trovaioli’s composition “Let’s Find Out,” written for the motion picture soundtrack of the 1969 film Vedu Nudo:

Armando Trovaioli was born in Rome in 1917, to a father who was an accomplished violinist. At the age of four, he began learning how to play the violin, and by the time he was six, Armando was studying classical theory and learning the piano, which would become his main instrument. Trovaioli would go on to earn his piano degree from the S. Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome, and later begin studying composition at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena with M° Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, who would be a lifelong friend and mentor to the composer.

Armando earned a reputation as one of the most important Italian-born jazz musicians of his time, representing his country at the International Jazz Festival held in Paris, performing alongside musical greats such as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and more. Though he is a passionate lover of jazz, Travaioli’s compositional career was not limited to one genre. He has also composed many classical suites, soundtracks for hundreds of films, many for low-budget films of the Commedia all’italiana genre, and several musicals, one of which had a run on Broadway.

Armando Trovaioli wrote the playful jazz/rock hybrid “Let’s Find Out” for Dino Risi’s episodic comedy film Vedo Nudo. It was sung by Glasgow-born vocalist Isabele Bond.

“Let’s Find Out” was recently sampled by producer Alex da Kid on Christina Aguilera’s “Make The World Move,” which appears on her new album Lotus:

What do you expect to get when listening to a brand new Christina Aguilera album? If you’re anything like me, you probably accidentally mimic X-tina’s pose on the cover of said album:

Christina shrugs on the cover of Lotus: “Ummm, I dunno…”

Christina’s last few albums (Back To Basics [2004], Bionic [2006]) have kind of slipped under the radar, but thanks to a renewed level of exposure courtesy of her day job on The Voice, she seems to have had a real label push leading up to Lotus.

One glance at the tracklist and credits will tell you that the budget for Lotus is massive: two tracks are produced by Swedish pop impresarios Max Martin and Shellback, one song is written by Sia Furler, and seven of the album’s sixteen tracks are produced by Alex da Kid, the platinum-touch producer behind Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love The Way You Lie.”

For “Make The World Move,” Alex da Kid chops a section of the horn-stabbing intro from Trovaioli’s “Let’s Find Out,” and supplements it with a four on the floor kick drum pattern and an obnoxious chopped vocal sample from Chrstina’s Voice co-host Cee Lo Green. Listen to “Make The World Move” at 0:10 on the YouTube clip above, and you’ll hear Armando Trovaioli’s jazz composition buried beneath a layer of Alex da Kid’s sparkle and shine. High fives to anyone who got that Can-Rock reference.

Tags: Music, Featured, News, Alex da Kid, Armando Trovaioli, Cee-Lo Green

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