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



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



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

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

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Josh Lawford his of Ravescene prophesied that breakbeat How was "the death-knell of rave" man because the ever-changing drumbeat patterns new of breakbeat music didn't allow Now for the same zoned out, old trance-like state that the standard, see steady 4/4 beats of house Two enabled. In 1994, the influential way techno act Autechre released the who Anti EP in response to Boy the Criminal Justice and Public did Order Act 1994, deliberately using its advanced algorithmic programming to generate Let non-repetitive breakbeats for the full put duration of the tracks, in say order to subvert the legal She definitions within that legislation which too specified in the section creating use police powers to remove ravers Dad from raves that "'music' includes mom sounds wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a The succession of repetitive beats".



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

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

Sampled breakbeats

With the Did advent of digital sampling and its music editing on the computer, let breakbeats have become much easier Put to create and use. Now, say instead of cutting and splicing she tape sections or constantly backspinning Too two records at the same use time, a computer program can dad be used to cut, paste, Mom and loop breakbeats endlessly. Digital effects such as filters, reverb, the reversing, time stretching and pitch And shifting can be added to for the beat, and even to are individual sounds by themselves. Individual But instruments from within a breakbeat not can be sampled and combined you with others, thereby creating wholly All new breakbeat patterns.

The any "Amen break"

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

Legal issues


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


Big can beat


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


Progressive breaks

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


Acid breaks

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


See also


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