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Video explains the world's most important 6-sec drum loop

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Published on Feb 21, 2006

This fascinating, brilliant 20-minute video narrates the history of the "Amen Break," a six-second drum sample from the b-side of a chart-topping single from 1969. This sample was used extensively in early hiphop and sample-based music, and became the basis for drum-and-bass and jungle music -- a six-second clip that spawned several entire subcultures. Nate Harrison's 2004 video is a meditation on the ownership of culture, the nature of art and creativity, and the history of a remarkable music clip.

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blipblip88
Stroking my chin and whispering 'very interesting...'
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DemonWolfGaming
Powerpuff Girls theme song comes to mind lol
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Rafi Hudaya
"Overprotecting intellectual property is as harmful as underprotecting it. Culture isn't possible without a rich public domain. Nothing today, like nothing since we tamed fire is genuinely new. Culture, like science and technology grows by accretion, each new creator building on the works of those who came before. Overprotection stifles the very creative forces it's supposed to nurture" - Alex Kozinski (2003) Really, really love this quote
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Braddock E. Hutton
2004? Wow. It seems newer. The guy was ahead of his time.
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Maria Mejia
The power puff girls 😱
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Sky Blylevin
Heard the Winstons are finally getting paid. Sadly GC Coleman died homeless and broke. If he earned just 10 per cent of the monies that drum break generated, he'd be alive and rich today.
DrDread
do a ted talk already
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Blinky Pinky Inky and Clyde
You can hear the Amen in jazz long before '69
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Kevin Mayer
Bueller......Bueller?
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Hivolt Arc
"Rap" isn't music, it is arranged sound.
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