Saturday, March 25

The fascinating history of the Amen break beat

How six seconds from 1969 changed the future of music and jumpstarted a whole culture.

In an age when musicians are getting sued for sampling single beats a whole musical, commercial and advertising culture can be traced back to one beat.

If you're interested in remix culture, sampling, music and copyright you'll find this piece absolutely fascinating. At 20 minutes with perhaps the most simplistic visual track ever it's superbly well done. In fact, I'm listening to it a second time as I write this.

"Can I get an Amen? - Nate Harrison"

Watch movie (Quicktime, 20 min, 34.4 MB)

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Can I Get An Amen? (2004, 34.3MB, 18:08 min.) from Nate Harrison. This documentation, of an installation by Nate harrison, includes an in depth lecture on the history of a single breakbeat. It...

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Anonymous said...

meiser...really good post. I didn't really have time to watch this when I did, but I couldn't leave, so I sat and listened to the whole thing, and was bowled over. I'm very glad you pointed to this one. Keep farming.

JuanFalla said...

Man, this was VERY educational! I enjoyed it a lot.

Michael Meiser said...

Thanks Erik and Juan!

It means a lot to me that people are moved enough to leave comments.

When I stumble upon gems like this that really catch me and I end up watching them several times I figure I mine as well take the opportunity to revlog them in the hopes that others will as well.. DVblog posts some pretty good stuff, I'm sure this won't be the last time I reblog them.