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


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


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

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


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


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

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

Sampled breakbeats


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

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 its also



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