A Slice of Music History Pt. 2: The Amen Break

September 22, 2006

Following my first foray into miscellaneous music history earlier this month, here’s a second satisfying slice. This one takes the form of a 20 minute video on the most sampled drum loop of all time, as narrated by Nate Harrison:

Harrison calls the Amen Break a “ubiquitous piece of the pop-culture sound-scape”, and when you hear it you’ll realise why. It’s an instantly recognisable part of countless popular hip-hop, dance and garage songs. In fact, Harrison suggests that the entire drum ‘n’ bass genre, and later IDM, is based on varying interpretations and cutups of this one beat.

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