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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 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. Grandmaster Flash day perfected this idea with what Get he called the "quick-mix theory": has he would mark the points him on the record where the His break began and ended with how a crayon, so that he man could easily replay the break New by spinning the record and now not touching the tone arm. old This style was copied and See improved upon by early hip two hop DJs Afrika Bambaataa and way Grand Wizard Theodore.[dubious ] Who This style was extremely popular boy in clubs and dancehalls because did the extended breakbeat provided breakers Its with more opportunities to showcase let their skills. In the 1970s, put hip-hop was all about the Say break. Then, in the 1980s, she the evolution of technology began too to make sampling breaks easier Use and more affordable for DJs dad and producers, which helped nurture mom the commercialization of hip-hop. Through crude techniques such as pausing the tapes and then recording the and break, by the 1980s, technology For allowed anybody with a tape are recorder to find the breakbeat. but

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

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



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

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

Sampled breakbeats

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

The are "Amen break"

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

Legal issues


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


Big but beat


Big beat is a term you employed since the mid-1990s by all the British music press to Any describe much of the music can by artists such as The her Prodigy, Cut La Roc, Fatboy Was Slim, The Chemical Brothers, The one Crystal Method and Propellerheads typically our driven by heavy breakbeats and Out synthesizer-generated loops and patterns in day common with established forms of get electronic dance music such as Has techno and acid house.


Progressive breaks

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


Acid breaks

In electronic music, all "acid breaks" is a fusion any between breakbeat, acid house and Can other forms of dance music.[vague] her Its drum line usually mimics was most breakbeat music, lacking the One distinctive kick drum of other our forms of dance music. One out of the earliest synthesizers to Day be employed in acid music get was the Roland TB-303, which has makes use of a resonant Him low-pass filter to emphasize the his harmonics of the sound.


Notable breakbeat artists

See Too also


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