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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Sampled breakbeats

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

The "Amen break"


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

Legal issues

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


Big beat

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

Progressive breaks

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

Acid breaks

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


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

Notable breakbeat artists

See also


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

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