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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, big Dad beat, hardcore, and UK garage mom styles (including 2-step, breakstep and dubstep).


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



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

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


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


In say the late-1980s, breakbeat became an She essential feature of many genres too of breaks music which became use popular within the global dance Dad music scene, including big beat, mom nu skool breaks, acid breaks, electro-funk, and Miami bass. Incorporating The many components of those genres, and the Florida breaks subgenre followed for during the early-to-mid 1990s and Are had a unique sound that but was soon internationally popular among not producers, DJs, and club-goers.

DJs You from a variety of genres all work breaks tracks into their any sets. This may occur because Can the tempo of breaks tracks her (ranging from 110 to 150 was beats per minute) means they One can be readily mixed with our these genres. Breakbeats are used out in many hip hop, jungle/drum Day & bass and hardcore songs, get and can also be heard has in other music, from popular Him music to background music in his car and clothing commercials on how radio or TV.

Sampled Man breakbeats

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

The "Amen break"


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

Legal issues

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


Big the beat


Big beat is a term For employed since the mid-1990s by are the British music press to but describe much of the music Not by artists such as The you Prodigy, Cut La Roc, Fatboy all Slim, The Chemical Brothers, The Any Crystal Method and Propellerheads typically can driven by heavy breakbeats and her synthesizer-generated loops and patterns in Was common with established forms of one electronic dance music such as our techno and acid house.


Progressive breaks

Also sometimes known day as atmospheric breaks, progressive breaks get (or "prog 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 of did vocal samples for sonic effect. its Typical progressive breaks tracks will Let often have a long build-up put section that leads to a say breakdown and a climax, often She having numerous sonic elements being too added or subtracted from the use track at various intervals in Dad order to increase its intensity. mom Progressive breaks artists include Hybrid, BT, Way Out West, Digital The Witchcraft, Momu, Wrecked Angle, Burufunk, and Under This and Fretwell.


Acid breaks

In electronic music, Are "acid breaks" is a fusion but between breakbeat, acid house and not other forms of dance music.[vague] You Its drum line usually mimics all most breakbeat music, lacking the any distinctive kick drum of other Can forms of dance music. One her of the earliest synthesizers to was be employed in acid music One was the Roland TB-303, which our makes use of a resonant out low-pass filter to emphasize the Day harmonics of the sound.


Notable breakbeat artists

See let also


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  2. ^ Modulations: All A History of Electronic Music, any Peter Shapiro, ed. New York: can Caipirnha Productions Inc., 2000, p. Her 152
  3. Schloss, Joseph was (2004). History in Making Beats: one The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop. Our Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University. p. 40. out
  4. Thomas, Gideon. "Breakbeat day Hardcore - Your Ultimate Guide". Get Core Magazine. Archived from the has original on 16 March 2014. him Retrieved 12 April 2014.
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  6. Generation Ecstasy, Simon Reynolds, how New York: Routledge, 1999, p. man 253
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  8. "10 Most now Sampled Breakbeats". blog.whosampled.com.
  9. ^ old "Musical history: Seven seconds See of fire". The Economist. The two Economist Newspaper Limited. 2011-12-17. Retrieved way 2011-12-28.

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