the stutter edit
first the technical :
The stutter edit is a musical production technique, most often known for its use in electronic music, in which fragments of audio are repeated in rhythmic intervals. Stutter edits not only occur as the common 16th note repetition, but also as 64th notes and beyond. Stutter edits can go beyond 2,048th notes and can be measured in milliseconds. Above a certain point, these repetitions transition from rhythmic to tonal frequencies, making musical notes out of the repeated audio
now the interpretive:
There is a long standing argument among studio engineers about who invented the stutter edit - which likely means it was a collaborative chain of accidents and luck. There is little argument, however, that BT’s seminal “Movement in Still Life” was the first album to take it to the masses in a manner that forced musicians to take notice.
The stutter edit is as much a part of music today as a trill or a riff, and it shows no sign of disappearing anytime soon.
here is a beginner’s guide to the effect