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    I was browsing my Soup page this lunchtime and came across this documentary. It's interesting if like me you didn't know about the Amen break.

    Obligatory wikipedia link:
    • CommentAuthorstation
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2009
    Luckily drum and bass has stopped using it as much lol. The amen/jungle getting commercialized is why I think drum and bass tries to keep it self underground and rejects anyone who obtains mainstream success (like pendulum). I think we will see the same thing happen to dubstep but I doubt they will try to keep their scene underground. Just look at the collab between Chase and Status and Snoop dog. Should be interesting to see what happens to dubstep in the future as it seems American hip hop loves it....Anyway we need to retire the amen break for a while until someone figures out something new to do to it other than chop it up or smash it into tiny bits. There are plenty of old amen tunes I love and plenty of newer cooler uses (like in some dubstep) but from someone in the dnb scene i have to say I wouldn't mind not hearing it for a couple years or decades.
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    A comment outside the actual content of the video. It's actually pretty amazing how clear and concise the author is. It is a little dry, but it puts '24 hour news' to shame in it's clarity, history and objectivity...
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2009
    The narration almost sounds computer-generated.
    • CommentAuthorheresybob
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2009 edited
    What I feel is amazing is the longevity of the Amen break - yeah, some people are trying to get away from it, but it's like a code of DNA that is so fucking good it keeps getting reused. It's immune to mutation, and one day our children's children's children will be using it for communication and art. Humans are fucking cool!

    @val, ain't that a cool effect? He's minimized the hiss and pops, and I think he's voice is slowed down just a bit to give it more bass-feeling. I could swear the pops you're hearing are deliberately inserted rather than a needle/groove static pop.
    • CommentAuthorradian
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2009
    The software I use for making tunes got a metronome in 2003.
    For the years before that, the best equivalent was that it could timestretch the Amen break to whatever you were doing.
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2009
    I have nothing else to say about this aside that it is fantastic, and thanks for posting it. Perfectly illustrates the principles around sampling and copyright as well as a great piece of music history.
    • CommentAuthorstation
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2009
    tbh I used the hell out of that break when I first started. Still got all the slices in my emu hahaha.

    I just cant stand to see it used in such bland and unimaginative ways today.

    One of my synths, which is fairly new (a Korg Radius), has a drum section. The drum section uses samples but you cant put your own into it. It's mainly set up for being a multi-timbral synth with the drum section in there just to get a little groove going, anyways in its little sample bank it has the kick and the snare from this break. crazy where you find these things
    • CommentAuthoramp
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2009
    That doc is by Nate Harrison. It's an installation piece with that audio actually pressed on a dub plate so the needle static would be from that.
    He also did a little history on the TB-303.
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