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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

World's most sampled 6-sec drum loop

[Media: Video]

I sat down this morning to listen and watch this video about the world's most influential drum loop, which happens to be only 6 seconds long. Dating back to the 60's, this drum sample has been hugely influential in Techno, Hip-Hop, Jungle Beat, Movies, Commercials and Radio.
Can I Get An Amen? is an audio installation that unfolds a critical perspective of perhaps the most sampled drum beat in the history of recorded music, the Amen Break. It begins with the pop track Amen Brother by 60's soul band The Winstons, and traces the transformation of their drum solo from its original context as part of a 'B' side vinyl single into its use as a key aural ingredient in contemporary cultural expression.

At the very end of the video, the narrator gives an opinion on how Copyright Law is stifling innovation and the evolution of our culture by suppressing samples like the Amen Beat. What would have happened if the Winstons, the owners of the drum beat, decided to protect their music from being sampled?

Check this out for sure, I think you will enjoy it.

Link (via Boing Boing)