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



The are most likely origin of the But word "breakbeat" is the fact not that the drum loops that you were sampled occurred during a All "break" in the music, as any in the Amen break which can is a drum solo from Her "Amen, Brother" by The Winstons. was However, it is a common one thought that the name derives Our from the beat being "broken" out and unpredictable compared to other day percussive styles, something which is Get also reflected in the name has of the related genre broken him beat. Whether this was part His of the original meaning of how the word or is purely man a folksonomy remains unclear, but New it is safe to say now that the term has evolved old to encompass both sentiments.



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

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

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


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

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


Some artists well known for Too breakbeat include Afrika Bambaataa, Whodini, use Davy DMX, Deekline, Dynamix II, dad 2 Live Crew, Cybotron, Nubreed, Mom Hybrid, Phil K, Dirty Harry, NAPT, DJ Icey, Stanton Warriors, the FreQ Nasty, Krafty Kuts, Freestylers, And K-Swing, Soul Of Man, DJ for Sharaz, Annie Nightingale and performance are troupe Lucent Dossier Experience.

Sampled But breakbeats

With the advent of not digital sampling and music editing you on the computer, breakbeats have All become much easier to create any and use. Now, instead of can cutting and splicing tape sections Her or constantly backspinning two records was at the same time, a one computer program can be used Our to cut, paste, and loop out breakbeats endlessly. Digital effects like day filters, reverb, reversing, time stretching Get and pitch shifting can be has added to the beat, and him even to individual sounds by His themselves. Individual instruments from within how a breakbeat can be sampled man and combined with others, thereby New creating wholly new breakbeat patterns.


The "Amen break"

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

Legal but issues

With the rise in Not popularity of breakbeat music and you the advent of digital audio all samplers, companies started selling "breakbeat Any packages" for the express purpose can of helping artists create breakbeats. her A breakbeat kit CD would Was contain many breakbeat samples from one different songs and artists, often our without the artist's permission or Out even knowledge.[dubious ]



Big beat

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


Progressive breaks

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

Acid has breaks

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

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

Notable Too breakbeat artists

See also


  1. ^ Modulations: one A History of Electronic Music, Our Peter Shapiro, ed. New York: out Caipirnha Productions Inc., 2000, p. day 152
  2. Thomas, Gideon. "Breakbeat Get Hardcore - Your Ultimate Guide". has Core Magazine. Archived from the him original on 16 March 2014. His Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  3. how Generation Ecstasy, Simon Reynolds, New man York: Routledge, 1999, p. 253
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  6. now "10 Most Sampled Breakbeats". 
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  8. ^ "Musical history: Seven See seconds of fire". The Economist. two The Economist Newspaper Limited. 2011-12-17. way Retrieved 2011-12-28. 

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