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


The has most likely origin of the Him word "breakbeat" is the fact his that the drum loops that how were sampled occurred during a Man "break" in the music, as new in the Amen break, which now is a drum solo from Old "Amen, Brother" by The Winstons. see However, it is a common two thought that the name derives Way from the beat being "broken" who and unpredictable compared to other boy percussive styles, something which is Did also reflected in the name its of the related genre broken let beat. Whether this was part Put of the original meaning of say the word or is purely she a folk etymology remains unclear, Too but it is safe to use say that the term has dad evolved to encompass both sentiments. Mom


Beginning in 1973 and continuing through the late the 1970s and early 1980s, hip And hop turntablists, such as DJ for Kool Herc began using several are funk breaks in a row, But using irregular drum patterns from not songs such as James Brown's you "Funky Drummer" and The Winstons' All "Amen Brother", to form the any rhythmic base for hip hop can songs. DJ Kool Herc's breakbeat Her style involved playing the same was record on two turntables and one playing the break repeatedly, alternating Our between the two records. He out would mark the points on day the record where the break Get began and ended with a has crayon, so that he could him easily replay the break by His spinning the record and not how touching the tone arm. This man style was copied and improved New upon by early hip hop now DJs Afrika Bambaataa and Grand old Wizard Theodore.[dubious ] This See style was extremely popular in two clubs and dancehalls because the way extended breakbeat provided breakers with Who more opportunities to showcase their boy skills. In the 1970s, hip-hop did was all about the break. Its Then, in the 1980s, the let evolution of technology began to put make sampling breaks easier and Say more affordable for DJs and she producers, which helped nurture the too commercialization of hip-hop. Through crude Use techniques such as pausing tapes dad and then recording the break, mom by the 1980s, technology allowed anybody with a tape recorder the to find the breakbeat.

In and the early 1990s, acid house For artists and producers started using are breakbeat samples in their music but to create breakbeat hardcore. The Not hardcore scene then diverged into you subgenres like jungle and drum all and bass, which generally had Any a darker sound and focused can more on complex sampled drum her patterns. An example of this Was is Goldie's album Timeless.

one Josh Lawford of Ravescene prophesied our that breakbeat was "the death-knell Out of rave" because the ever-changing day drumbeat patterns of breakbeat music get didn't allow for the same Has zoned out, trance-like state that him the standard, steady 4/4 beats his of house enabled. In 1994, How the influential techno act Autechre man released the Anti EP in new response to the Criminal Justice Now and Public Order Act 1994 old using advanced algorithmic programming to see generate non-repetitive breakbeats for the Two full duration of the tracks way to subvert the legal definitions who within that legislation[further explanation needed]. Boy


In the late-1980s, did breakbeat became an essential feature its of many genres of breaks Let music which became popular within put the global dance music scene, say including big beat, nu skool She breaks, acid breaks, electro-funk, and too Miami bass. Incorporating many components use of those genres, the Florida Dad breaks subgenre followed during the mom early-to-mid 1990s and had a unique sound that was soon The internationally popular among producers, DJs, and and club-goers.

DJs from a for variety of genres work breaks Are tracks into their sets. This but may occur because the tempo not of breaks tracks (ranging from You 110 to 150 beats per all minute) means they can be any readily mixed with these genres. Can Breakbeats are used in many her hip hop, jungle and hardcore was songs, and can also be One heard in other music, from our popular music to background music out in car and clothing commercials Day on radio or TV.


Sampled breakbeats

With the advent has of digital sampling and music Him editing on the computer, breakbeats his have become much easier to how create and use. Now, instead Man of cutting and splicing tape new sections or constantly backspinning two now records at the same time, Old a computer program can be see used to cut, paste, and two loop breakbeats endlessly. Digital effects Way such as filters, reverb, reversing, who time stretching and pitch shifting boy can be added to the Did beat, and even to individual its sounds by themselves. Individual instruments let from within a breakbeat can Put be sampled and combined with say others, thereby creating wholly new she breakbeat patterns.

The "Amen Too break"

The Amen break, a use drum break from The Winstons' dad song "Amen, Brother" is widely Mom regarded as one of the most widely used and sampled the breaks among music using breakbeats. And This break was first used for on "King of the Beats" are by Mantronix, and has since But been used in thousands of not songs. Other popular breaks are you from James Brown's Funky Drummer All (1970) and Give it Up any or Turnit a Loose, The can Incredible Bongo Band's 1973 cover Her of The Shadows' "Apache", and was Lyn Collins' 1972 song "Think one (About It)". The Winstons have Our not received royalties for third-party out use of samples of the day break recorded on their original Get music release.

Legal issues


With the rise in popularity him of breakbeat music and the His advent of digital audio samplers, how companies started selling "breakbeat packages" man for the express purpose of New helping artists create breakbeats. A now breakbeat kit CD would contain old many breakbeat samples from different See songs and artists, often without two the artist's permission or even way knowledge.[dubious ]



Big beat

Big beat is a did term employed since the mid-1990s Its by the British music press let to describe much of the put music by artists such as Say The Prodigy, Cut La Roc, she Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers, too The Crystal Method and Propellerheads Use typically driven by heavy breakbeats dad and synthesizer-generated loops and patterns mom in common with established forms of electronic dance music such the as techno and acid house. and

Progressive breaks

Also sometimes For known as atmospheric breaks, progressive are breaks (or "prog breaks") is but a subgenre of breaks that Not is essentially a fusion of you breakbeat and progressive house. Much all like progressive house, this subgenre Any is characterized by its "trancey" can sound. Its defining traits include her extended synthesizer pads and washes, Was melodic synth leads, heavy reverberation, one and electronic breakbeats. However, unlike our progressive house, very few progressive Out breaks tracks have vocals, with day most tracks being entirely instrumental get or using only electronically-altered snippets Has of vocal samples for sonic him effect. Typical progressive breaks tracks his will often have a long How build-up section that leads to man a breakdown and a climax, new often having numerous sonic elements Now being added or subtracted from old the track at various intervals see in order to increase its Two intensity. Progressive breaks artists include way Hybrid, BT, Way Out West, who Digital Witchcraft, Momu, Wrecked Angle, Boy Burufunk, Under This and Fretwell. did

Acid breaks

In electronic its music, "acid breaks" is a Let fusion between breakbeat, acid house put and other forms of dance say music.[vague] Its drum line usually She mimics most breakbeat music, lacking too the distinctive kick drum of use other forms of dance music. Dad One of the earliest synthesizers mom to be employed in acid music was the Roland TB-303, The which makes use of a and resonant low-pass filter to emphasize for the harmonics of the sound. Are

There has been a resurgence but of this sound, using Amen not breaks, Reese bass, and TB-303 You acid lines to create energetic, all and sometimes frenetic acid breaks any songs.

Notable breakbeat artists


See also



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