Monday, April 7, 2008

Six Seconds

In 1969 funk /soul group The Winstons released a Grammy Award winning record, "Color Him Father", with a B-side track titled "Amen Brother". That B-side includes six seconds of drumming that nearly everyone has heard. It is known as the "Amen Break". It is at the core of huge hits like N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton". Drum-and-bass and jungle are an entire musical subculture based on the six second drum loop that is sampled from the middle of "Amen brother". This documentary, by Nate Harrison, tells all about the origin of the break, the history of its use, and looks at the future of sampling and copyright management.

The world's most important 6 second drum loop

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