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History of the Amen Break

November 16th, 2007

The Amen Break, un break della durata di neanche 6 secondi, tratto dalla canzone degli Winstons "Amen Brother", che ha generato intere scene musicali; questo sample e’ stato usato largamente nell’hip hop e nella musica generata con i sampler ed e’ divenuto l’essenza di drum & bass e jungle.

da http://nkhstudio.com/pages/popup_amen.html

Can I Get An Amen? is an audio installation that unfolds a critical perspective of perhaps the most sampled drum beat in the history of recorded music, the Amen Break. It begins with the pop track Amen Brother by 60’s soul band The Winstons, and traces the transformation of their drum solo from its original context as part of a ‘B’ side vinyl single into its use as a key aural ingredient in contemporary cultural expression. The work attempts to bring into scrutiny the techno-utopian notion that ‘information wants to be free’- it questions its effectiveness as a democratizing agent. This as well as other issues are foregrounded through a history of the Amen Break and its peculiar relationship to current copyright law. 

"History of the Amen Break" video (http://www.jahsonic.com/Breaks.html)

Link: Amen break – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

"This fascinating, brilliant 20-minute video narrates the history of the
"Amen Break," a six-second drum sample from the b-side of a
chart-topping single from 1969. This sample was used extensively in
early hiphop and sample-based music, and became the basis for
drum-and-bass and jungle music — a six-second clip that spawned
several entire subcultures. Nate Harrison’s 2004 video is a meditation
on the ownership of culture, the nature of art and creativity, and the
history of a remarkable music clip."

QUOTE: "Overprotecting intellectual property is as harmful as underprotecting it". 

Via http://agentchin.typepad.com/grabbag/2006/03/amen_break.html [Aug 2006]

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