Sound Event

Sound Event is a studio album by American turntablist Rob Swift. It was released on October 2, 2002 via Tableturns label, and was produced mostly by Rob Swift, featuring audio production by Dr. Butcher, Kenny Muhammad The Human Orchestra, Large Professor, with BT Rockwell and Sugarcuts, who served as executive producers. The album also featured guest vocal and instrumental appearances from Bob James, Clara Aguilar, D-Styles, DJ Klever, DJ Melo-D, DJ Radar, DJ Quest, Dujeous?, J-Live, Kenny Muhammad The Human Orchestra, Large Professor and Supernatural among others.

Sound Event
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 2, 2002 (2002-10-02)
StudioThe Ablist Recordings
  • BT Rockwell (exec.)
  • Sugarcuts (exec.)
  • Rob Swift (also exec.)
  • Dr. Butcher
  • Kenny Muhammad The Human Orchestra
Rob Swift chronology
Airwave Invasion
Sound Event
Under the Influence
Singles from Sound Event
  1. "Interview with Colored Man"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Sub Level"
    Released: 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
The A.V. Clubfavorable[2]


Tom Semioli of AllMusic gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5, calling it "an explosive and intelligent collection of wicked scratching, in-the-pocket beats, startling imagery, and whiz-kid wordplay."[1] Sam Chennault of Pitchfork gave the album an 8.3 out of 10, saying, "The genius of this album is not only Rob Swift's skill, but also the restraint he shows in displaying his considerable talent."[3]

Laura Checkoway of Vibe said, "Instead of overwhelming listeners with robotic DJ overload, Sound Event artfully combines technical dexterity with simple rap lyrics, live instrumentals, and politically charged sound bites."[4]

Track listing

1."A Supernatural Intro" (featuring Supernatural)Rob Swift1:42
2."2 3 Break" (featuring DJ Klever and DJ Melo-D)Dr. Butcher3:46
3."The Great Caper" (featuring Dujeous?)
  • Rob Swift
  • Dr. Butcher (co.)
4."Hip Hop on Wax" (featuring Large Professor and DJ Radar)
5."Salsa Scratch" (featuring Bob James and D-Styles)Rob Swift4:09
6."Ghetto Interlude"Rob Swift0:23
7."The Ghetto"Rob Swift3:11
8."Sub Level" (featuring J-Live)Rob Swift3:37
9."The Program" (featuring Gudtyme, Eddeganz, and DJ Quest)Rob Swift3:16
10."Tronic" (featuring Kenny Muhammad The Human Orchestra)
  • Kenny Muhammad The Human Orchestra
  • Rob Swift (co.)
11."Interview with Colored Man" (featuring Supernatural and DJ Radar)Rob Swift3:42
12."Trunk of Funk"Rob Swift3:18
13."Sound Event"Rob Swift2:47
14."Fraudulent Fakes"Rob Swift3:44
Total length:40:30


  1. Semioli, Tom. "Rob Swift - Sound Event". AllMusic. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  2. Rabin, Nathan (November 1, 2002). "Rob Swift: Sound Event". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  3. Chennault, Sam (November 11, 2002). "Rob Swift: Sound Event". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  4. Checkoway, Laura (December 2002). "Rob Swift - Sound Event". Vibe: 209.
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