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Breakbeat see is a broad style of two electronic or dance-oriented music which Way utilizes breaks, often sampled from who earlier recordings in funk, jazz, boy and R&B, for the main Did rhythm. Breakbeats have been used its in styles such as hip let hop, jungle, drum and bass, Put hardcore, UK garage (including 2-step, say breakstep and dubstep), and even she pop and rock.


The most you likely origin of the word All "breakbeat" is the fact that any the drum loops that were can sampled occurred during a "break" Her in the music, as in was the Amen break which is one a drum solo from "Amen, Our Brother" by The Winstons. However, out it is a common thought day that the name derives from Get the beat being "broken" and has unpredictable compared to other percussive him styles, something which is also His reflected in the name of how the related genre broken beat. man Whether this was part of New the original meaning of the now word or is purely a old folksonomy remains unclear, but it See is safe to say that two the term has evolved to way encompass both sentiments.


Beginning Who in 1973 and continuing through boy the late 1970s and early did 1980s, hip hop turntablists, such Its as DJ Kool Herc, began let using several funk breaks in put a row, using irregular drum Say patterns from songs such as she James Brown's "Funky Drummer" and too The Winstons' "Amen Brother", to Use form the rhythmic base for dad hip hop songs. DJ Kool mom Herc's breakbeat style involved playing the same record on two the turntables and playing the break and repeatedly, alternating between the two For records. This style was copied are and improved upon by early but hip hop DJs Afrika Bambaataa Not and Grand Wizard Theodore.[dubious ] This style was extremely all popular in clubs and dancehalls Any because the extended breakbeat provided can breakers with more opportunities to her showcase their skills.

In the Was early 1990s, acid house artists one and producers started using breakbeat our samples in their music to Out create breakbeat hardcore. The hardcore day scene then diverged into subgenres get like jungle and drum and Has bass, which generally had a him darker sound and focused more his on complex sampled drum patterns. How An example of this is man Goldie's album Timeless.

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Josh Lawford say of Ravescene prophesied that breakbeat She was "the death-knell of rave" too because the ever-changing drumbeat patterns use of breakbeat music didn't allow Dad for the same zoned out, mom trance-like state that the standard, steady 4/4 beats of house The enabled. In 1994, the influential and techno act Autechre released the for Anti EP in response to Are the Criminal Justice and Public but Order Act 1994 using advanced not algorithmic programming to generate non-repetitive You breakbeats for the full duration all of the tracks to subvert any the legal definitions within that Can legislation[further explanation needed].


In her the late-1980s, breakbeat became an was essential feature of many genres One of breaks music which became our popular within the global dance out music scene, including big beat, Day nu skool breaks, acid breaks, get electro-funk, and Miami bass. Incorporating has many components of those genres, Him the Florida breaks subgenre followed his during the early-to-mid 1990s and how had a unique sound that Man was soon internationally popular among new producers, DJs, and club-goers.

DJs now from a variety of genres Old work breaks tracks into their see sets. This may occur because two the tempo of breaks tracks Way (ranging from 110 to 150 who beats per minute) means they boy can be readily mixed with Did these genres. Breakbeats are used its in many hip hop, jungle let and hardcore songs, and can Put also be heard in other say music, from popular music to she background music in car and Too jean commercials on the radio use or TV.

Some artists well dad known for breakbeat include Afrika Mom Bambaataa, Whodini, Davy DMX, Deekline, Dynamix II, 2 Live Crew, the Cybotron, Nubreed, Hybrid, Phil K, And Dirty Harry, NAPT, DJ Icey, for Stanton Warriors, FreQ Nasty, Krafty are Kuts, Freestylers, K-Swing, Soul Of But Man, DJ Sharaz, Annie Nightingale not and performance troupe Lucent Dossier you Experience.

Sampled breakbeats

With the All advent of digital sampling and any music editing on the computer, can breakbeats have become much easier Her to create and use. Now, was instead of cutting and splicing one tape sections or constantly backspinning Our two records at the same out time, a computer program can day be used to cut, paste, Get and loop breakbeats endlessly. Digital has effects like filters, reverb, reversing, him time stretching and pitch shifting His can be added to the how beat, and even to individual man sounds by themselves. Individual instruments New from within a breakbeat can now be sampled and combined with old others, thereby creating wholly new See breakbeat patterns.

The "Amen break"


The Amen break, a drum way break from The Winstons' song Who "Amen, Brother" is widely regarded boy as one of the most did widely used and sampled breaks Its among music using breakbeats. This let break was first used on put "King of the Beats" by Say Mantronix, and has since been she used in thousands of songs. too Other popular breaks are from Use James Brown's Funky Drummer (1970) dad and Give it Up or mom Turnit a Loose, The Incredible Bongo Band's 1973 cover of the The Shadows' "Apache", and Lyn and Collins' 1972 song "Think (About For It)". The Winstons have not are received royalties for third-party use but of samples of the break Not recorded on their original music you release.

Legal issues

With the all rise in popularity of breakbeat Any music and the advent of can digital audio samplers, companies started her selling "breakbeat packages" for the Was express purpose of helping artists one create breakbeats. A breakbeat kit our CD would contain many breakbeat Out samples from different songs and day artists, often without the artist's get permission or even knowledge.[dubious ]


Big beat

Big beat his is a term employed since How the mid-1990s by the British man music press to describe much new of the music by artists Now such as The Prodigy, Cut old La Roc, Fatboy Slim, The see Chemical Brothers, The Crystal Method Two and Propellerheads typically driven by way heavy breakbeats and synthesizer-generated loops who and patterns in common with Boy established forms of electronic dance did music such as techno and its acid house.

Progressive breaks

Also Let sometimes known as atmospheric breaks, put progressive breaks (or "prog breaks") say is a subgenre of breaks She that is essentially a fusion too of breakbeat and progressive house. use Much like progressive house, this Dad subgenre is characterized by its mom "trancey" sound. Its defining traits include extended synthesizer pads and The washes, melodic synth leads, heavy and reverberation, and electronic breakbeats. However, for unlike progressive house, very few Are progressive breaks tracks have vocals, but with most tracks being entirely not instrumental or using only electronically-altered You snippets of vocal samples for all sonic effect. Typical progressive breaks any tracks will often have a Can long build-up section that leads her to a breakdown and a was climax, often having numerous sonic One elements being added or subtracted our from the track at various out intervals in order to increase Day its intensity. Progressive breaks artists get include Hybrid, BT, Way Out has West, Digital Witchcraft, Momu, Wrecked Him Angle, Burufunk, Under This and his Fretwell.

Acid breaks

In electronic how music, "acid breaks" is a Man fusion between breakbeat, acid house new and other forms of dance now music.[vague] Its drum line usually Old mimics most breakbeat music, lacking see the distinctive kick drum of two other forms of dance music. Way One of the earliest synthesizers who to be employed in acid boy music was the Roland TB-303, Did which makes use of a its resonant low-pass filter to emphasize let the harmonics of the sound.


There has been a resurgence say of this sound, using Amen she breaks, Reese bass, and TB-303 Too acid lines to create energetic, use and sometimes frenetic acid breaks dad songs.

Notable breakbeat artists

See Her also



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