I joined this forum 10 years ago almost entirely based off the fact that I had become obsessed with RDJ's output and wanted to know more. Ironically 2008 was the year he was the most quiet, save for live gigs, so the past decade has been a whirlwhind of scraping every single thing he did in the past to this exciting barrage of new / unreleased music that came out. Caustic Window. Soundcloud Dumps. Syro. I saw him live at Day For Night.
Nonetheless he remains a bit of an enigma and mystery in the best way possible and once facet of this is speculating over his influences via sampling and crate-digging. The soundcloud dump and the Chappel Library Music reveal brought a lot of insight into this.
Sampling was something I associated a lot more with peers of his like Luke Vibert and to a lesser degree early AE, Squarepusher, and Boards of Canada. But his early stuff is fairly riddled with it. I can't help but notice his palette of recognized samples is quite a scattering of unusual stuff - that of tv adverts, library music, movie sound bites. Very much a thift store finds, field recordings in arcades, or passive pop culture dabbling. Really reinforces his ability to create so much from limited resources.
Or so it seems. Is or was RDJ a record collecting nut? IIRC he mentioned listening to Juno downloads a lot to find interesting music. He seems to be a voracious listener of other people's music, his DJ sets are quite indicative of that, but that could be very much digital and streaming only. Anyone have any other insight via old interviews or stories?