His predecessors used to sample too. They would take photos, videos or just make careful notes. Building a picture of the physical space, the soundscape, the atmosphere. They’d capture conversations. Watch and listen, record. Their samples, their records of the digital; their renderings of the physical; their empathy maps of the ephemeral would be “background research” ensuring any message fitted in. The best samplers drew a 3D picture from their partial views. Now samples need to be more complete: source material for new levels, metastructures or objects. He ran his pen across the worn bar table and across her sleeve.