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Breakbeat for is a broad type of Are electronic music that tends to but use drum breaks sampled from not early recordings of funk, jazz, You and R&B. Breakbeats have been all used in styles such as any hip hop, jungle, drum and Can bass, big beat, breakbeat hardcore, her and UK garage styles (including was 2-step, breakstep and dubstep).



The origin of our the word "breakbeat" is the out fact that the drum loops Day that were sampled occurred during get a "break" in the music has - for example the Amen Him break (a drum solo from his "Amen, Brother" by The Winstons) how or the Think Break (from Man "Think (About It)" by Lyn new Collins).


1970s—1980s: Classic now breaks and hip hop production


Beginning in 1973 and continuing see through the late 1970s and two early 1980s, hip hop turntablists, Way such as DJ Kool Herc who began using several funk breaks boy in a row, using drum Did breaks from jazz-funk tracks such its as James Brown's "Funky Drummer" let and The Winstons' "Amen, Brother", Put to form the rhythmic base say for hip hop songs. DJ she Kool Herc's breaks style involved Too playing the same record on use two turntables and playing the dad break repeatedly, alternating between the Mom two records. Grandmaster Flash perfected this idea with what he the called the "quick-mix theory": he And would mark the points on for the record where the break are began and ended with a But crayon, so that he could not easily replay the break by you spinning the record and not All touching the tone arm. This any style was copied and improved can upon by early hip hop Her DJs Afrika Bambaataa and Grand was Wizard Theodore.[dubious ] This one style was extremely popular in Our clubs and dancehalls because the out extended breaks compositions provided breakers day with more opportunities to showcase Get their skills.

In the late has 1970s, breakbeats had attained a him large presence in hip hop. His In the 1980s, the evolution how of technology began to make man sampling breaks easier and more New affordable for DJs and producers, now which helped nurture the commercialization old of hip hop. Through early See techniques such as pausing tapes two and then recording the break, way by the 1980s, technology allowed Who anybody with a tape recorder boy to find the breakbeat.


1990s: Evolution as electronic dance Its genre

In the late-1980s, breakbeat let became an essential feature of put many genres of breaks music Say which became popular within the she global dance music scene, including too acid breaks, electro-funk, and Miami Use bass, and a decade later dad big beat and nu skool mom breaks.

In the early 1990s, acid house artists and producers the started using breakbeat samples in and their music to create breakbeat For hardcore. The hardcore scene then are diverged into subgenres like jungle but and drum and bass, which Not generally was faster and focused you more on complex sampled drum all patterns. An example of this Any is Goldie's album Timeless. Josh can Lawford of Ravescene prophesied that her breakbeat was "the death-knell of Was rave" because the ever-changing drumbeat one patterns of breakbeat music didn't our allow for the same zoned Out out, trance-like state that the day standard, steady 4/4 beats of get house enabled.

Incorporating many components Let of those genres, the Florida put breaks subgenre followed during the say early-to-mid 1990s and had a She unique sound that was soon too internationally popular among producers, DJs, use and club-goers.

In 1994, the Dad influential techno act Autechre released mom the Anti EP in response to the Criminal Justice and The Public Order Act 1994, deliberately and using advanced algorithmic programming to for generate non-repetitive breakbeats for the Are full duration of the tracks, but in order to subvert the not legal definitions within that legislation You which specified in the section all creating police powers to remove any ravers from raves that "'music' Can includes sounds wholly or predominantly her characterised by the emission of was a succession of repetitive beats". One

In the late 1990s, another our style of breakbeat emerged, funky out breaks, a style that was Day incorporating elements of trance, hip get hop and jungle. It was has pioneered by the Chemical Brothers Him and James Lavelle's Mo'Wax Records his imprint. The genre had commercial how peak in 1997, when such Man music was topping in pop new charts and often featured in now commercials. The most notable artists Old of the sound were The see Prodigy, Death in Vegas, The two Crystal Method, Propellerheads.



The tempo of breaks tracks, who ranging from 110 to 150 boy beats per minute, allows DJs Did to mix breaks with a its wide range of different genres let in their sets. This has Put led to breakbeats being used say in many hip hop, jungle/drum she & bass and hardcore tracks. Too They can also be heard use in other music, anywhere from dad popular music to background music Mom in car and clothing commercials on radio or TV.


The "Amen break"

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

Sampled now breakbeats

With the advent of old digital sampling and music editing See on the computer, breakbeats have two become much easier to create way and use. Now, instead of Who cutting and splicing tape sections boy or constantly backspinning two records did at the same time, a Its computer program can be used let to cut, paste, and loop put breakbeats endlessly. Digital effects such Say as filters, reverb, reversing, time she stretching and pitch shifting can too be added to the beat, Use and even to individual sounds dad by themselves. Individual instruments from mom within a breakbeat can be sampled and combined with others, the thereby creating wholly new breakbeat and patterns.

Legal issues

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



Acid breaks

"Acid breaks" or Let "chemical breaks" is acid house, put but with a breakbeat instead say of a house beat. One She of the earliest synthesizers to too be employed in acid music use was the Roland TB-303, which Dad makes use of a resonant mom low-pass filter to emphasize the harmonics of the sound.


Big beat

Big beat is a for term employed since the mid-1990s Are by the British music press but to describe much of the not music by artists such as You The Prodigy, Cut La Roc, all Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers, any The Crystal Method and Propellerheads Can typically driven by heavy breakbeats her and synthesizer-generated loops and patterns was in common with established forms One of electronic dance music such our as techno and acid house. out

Progressive breaks

Progressive breaks Day or prog breaks, also known get as atmospheric breaks, is a has subgenre of breaks that is Him essentially a fusion of breakbeat his and progressive house. Much like how progressive house, this subgenre is Man characterized by its "trancey" sound. new Its defining traits include extended now synthesizer pads and washes, melodic Old synth leads, heavy reverberation, and see electronic breakbeats. However, unlike progressive two house, very few progressive breaks Way tracks have vocals, with most who tracks being entirely instrumental or boy using only electronically altered snippets Did of vocal samples for sonic its effect. Typical progressive breaks tracks let will often have a long Put build-up section that leads to say a breakdown and a climax, she often having numerous sonic elements Too being added or subtracted from use the track at various intervals dad in order to increase its Mom intensity. Progressive breaks artists include Hybrid, BT, Way Out West, the Digital Witchcraft, Momu, Wrecked Angle, And Burufunk, Under This and Fretwell. for

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