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  BBC - h2g2 - The Amen Break
The Amen break was especially popular as the source material for rinses due to the diversity of its different percussion hits and pleasing tone when pitched up to the breakneck pace of jungle
Amen break T-shirts can now be bought from fashionable urban clothing suppliers, and the average clubber in the street will refer erroneously and with great confidence to all sampled drumloops as ‘amens’.
Such is its success as a memetic unit that the Amen break is recognised acontextually in rave tunes by many thousands of people who would probably not even notice it in its original setting.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/ww2/A4121614   (968 words)

 The J-Walk Blog: The Amen Break   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
It's the most influential 5.2 seconds in the history of electronic music: The Amen Break.
The "Amen break" by G.C. Coleman (The Winstons) is one of the most frequently used sampled drum loops in hip hop, jungle and drum and bass music.
It is 5.20s long and consists of 16 beats of the drum break lifted from the song "Amen, Brother" as performed by the 1960s funk/soul outfit The Winstons.
j-walkblog.com /index.php?/weblog/posts/the_amen_break   (70 words)

 Break (music) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In popular music a break is an instrumental or percussion section or interlude during a song derived from or related to stop-time – being a "break" from the main parts of the song or piece.
According to Peter van der Merwe (1989, p.283) a break "occurs when the voice stops at the end of a phrase and is answered by a snatch of accompaniment," and originated from the bass runs of marches of the "Sousa school".
break as "breaks are for the drummer; breakdowns are for hands in the air" (ibid), a reference to the majority of breaks stripping away other instruments and leaving the drums or percussion.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Break_(music)   (904 words)

 Amen break - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The "Amen break" (usually pronounced /a:'men/) was a drum-solo performed by Gregory Cylvester Coleman.
The 'Amen Break' or 'Amen' is the most frequently used sampled drum loop in hip hop, jungle and drum and bass music.
It is 5.20 seconds long and consists of 4 bars of the drum-solo sampled from the song "Amen, Brother" as performed by the 1960s funk and soul outfit The Winstons.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Amen_break   (999 words)

 Breaks, break beats
When DJ Kool Herc performed to Breaks at crowded venues, such as the Hervalo in the Bronx, he would shout loudly 'B-Boys go down!' and this was the cue for dancers to cut and jump their gymnastics.
The break is the drum segment in the middle of a song.
A break is an instrumental or percussion section or interlude during a song derived from or related to stop-time being a "break" from the main parts of the song or piece.
www.jahsonic.com /Breaks.html   (639 words)

 The priests of Amen-Re and the Theban Kings   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Amen was the counsellor of the king, who consulted the god's statue either in his sanctuary or during a procession, with the statue answering by voice or a nod.
The break with Amen's priests [3] became even more serious when the construction of a great temple honoring Re-Harakhti was built right by the Amen temple at Karnak and when the pharaoh declared himself to be the First Prophet of Harakhti.
To the followers of Amen this was a time of hardship and spiritual darkness caused by the god, yet they were certain that Amen would prevail, and 'they', the worshipers of Aten, would lose their power.
nefertiti.iwebland.com /priests_of_amen.htm   (2669 words)

 Break (music)
(1989, p.283) a break "occurs when the voice stops at th end of a phrase and is answered by a snatch of accompaniment," and originated from the
In this case it would be a "break" from the vocal part.
Breaking was abandonded in favor of doing the Freak in 1978, until it was revived and enhanced by
www.mp3.fm /Break_(music).htm   (387 words)

 Knowledge Magazine Awards
Amen first found its way onto vinyl an astonishing 35 years ago, as the four-bar breakdown on 'Amen Brother', the B-side of six-piece funk group The Winstons' 1969 single 'Color Him Father'.
For many, the king of the super-technical Amen mash-up sound of the mid 90s was Remarc (whose finest moments from the era can be found collated on 'Sound Murderer', a compilation released last year on Planet Mu).
In recent times Amen's stock has been on the rise again, as a new generation of break fiends seeks to reinstate it as the king of the beats.
www.knowledgemag.co.uk /features.asp?SectionID=1031&uid=&MagID=1062&ReviewID=1684&PageNumber=1   (1522 words)

Amen is surely the angriest band to come onto the music scene since Black Flag or even the Sex Pistols.
Amen are known to get violent at their shows, especially Chaos, who is accustomed to breaking things on stage and self mutilation.
Amen are not only the angriest bands on the scene, they are also one of the most violent, honest, and yet humble bands to hit the scene in a long time.
www.thescenela.com /issue8/reviews/Amen.htm   (883 words)

 Hrvatski - Oiseaux 96-98 - On Second Thought - Stylus Magazine
Amen takes over the right channel while another break wails away in the left.
Caustic breaks begin to fill in the gaps between hits, and suddenly the track explodes into a sinister breakcore riff.
Yet the Amen break provides a necessary cohesion, giving the album a strain of continuity that makes the tracks (culled from various releases over several years as the album title suggest) function as the part of a fascinating whole.
www.stylusmagazine.com /feature.php?ID=464   (1253 words)

 breath of life » THE WINSTONS / “Amen, Brother”
The “Amen” break is four bars long—or sixteen counts.
The year was 1988, and although sampling was still in its infancy, the “Amen” break had been used before.
By the way, “Amen” is often thought of as a Mayfield song, but it was actually written by Jester Hairston, who was born “Jestie” and as legend has it, nicknamed “Jester” by his elementary school teacher.
www.kalamu.com /bol/2006/03/12/187   (2298 words)

 where can i find a copy of the Amen Break? | Ask MetaFilter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
I know a lot of third party companies basically sampled and released the Amen break, but there are so many breakbeat sample CDs out there i dont know which one has it.
That said, the Amen Break has been so widely sampled/chopped/recorded that it's almost de-facto public domain and I'd suggest that if you distorted it far enough you'll be fine without legit.
Jungle Breaks has a variety of loops used in drum'n'bass, including the Amen Break.
ask.metafilter.com /mefi/22182   (561 words)

 Sample Spotters: Xampled: the "Amen break" (The Winstons)
The "Amen Break" is four bars of the drum break lifted from the song "Amen Brother" as performed by the 1960s funk/soul outfit The Winstons.
It is unknown, but doubtful, whether the drummer, G.C. Coleman, has received any royalties for the sampling of his drum part.
this is but the tip of the iceberg for the "amen break." at this pointone could list thousands of tracks that use it.
www.xampled.com /xampled/2005/09/xampled-amen-break-winstons.html   (192 words)

 More info about the artist singer songer: Amen - singer references bibliography pictures   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The word 'amen' is the value 99 in Greek numerals and appears in the Bible...
It borrowed largely from hip-hop and reggae but the amen break was always an inseparable part of...
Amen, amen, I say to thee, except a man be born again, he can not see the kingdom of God.
www.poemhunter.com /lyrics/amen/resources   (713 words)

 Amen or Funky Drummer - dj forums - The Worldwide DJ Community   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
I thought this might be too insider question but anyway The Winstons introduced this famous amen break in early 70's (i guess) in a track called Amen Brother where it did got its name.
Whenever you use the Amen in any DandB tune it will get the crowd rocking and if it is used and cut well you will see some amazing dancing, its an amazing break.
That break is cool and even though it is used more for Hip Hop and some funky House tunes as well as in the original Jungle tracks, it didn't quite cut it in the DandB scene.
www.djforums.com /forums/showthread.php?t=25882   (1302 words)

 Brad Sucks » History of the Amen break
Here’s a video history of the Amen break.
in fact, i could argue the exact opposite of what you say here: the winstons were a one-hit wonder and would have faded into total obscurity if the amen hadn’t been discovered and sampled so heavily by later generations.
He’s arguing that the strict control on copyright that we have today stifles the ability of people to recycle, reuse, and reinterpret their culture, which is ultimately a bad thing, and that there are people who are in the business of selling culture rather than creating it, which also isn’t so great.
www.bradsucks.net /archives/2005/07/19/history-of-the-amen-break   (872 words)

 soulposition : Amen Break.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Most of you know the Amen Break when you hear it but you don't know about it.
I didn't know much about it other then what it was and where it came from but this video really does a fantastic job of breaking it down and giving a very good history of a very important break.
The "Amen break" (usually pronounced /?e?m?n/) is one of the most frequently used sampled drum loops in jungle and drum and bass music.
jtucker.org /soul/archive/2006/03/02/4439.aspx   (206 words)

 Owner of the “Amen Break” | blog.forret.com
I also did it the other way round once (what songs were sampled BY George Michael), and for some pivotal songs, I dedicated a whole blog post to just 1 song: Funky Drummer and the “Amen Break”.
It is probably the only time in the history of music when a 5 second drum loop created a completely new style of music and managed to influence other musical styles to such a degree.
In that constant struggle between protection of intellectual property and freedom to create/recycle/innovate, the inventors of the “Amen Break” got a bad deal.
blog.forret.com /2006/06/owner-of-the-amen-break   (495 words)

 DJ Amber :: The Official Website   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
I've long heard of the widespread influence of the "Amen Break" in electronic music (particularly jungle), hip-hop, and well beyond.
Finally, here's a great video clip summarizing the history of this classic drum break.
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.
www.iamthedj.com /news/2006/02/love-amen-break-amen-brother.html   (138 words)

 ThE SaMpLisT! - Free breakbeats and other samples...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The drum break from 'You and the Music', from the excellent Blue Note album 'Places and Spaces' by Donald Byrd (16-bit, 44.1 kHz).
The infamous 'Amen' break, from 'Amen Brother' by The Winstons (Stereo, 16-bit, 44.1 kHz).
'Full break' is a loop taken from a track called 'Bang On A Drum', which appears towards the end of Coldcut's 'Seven Minutes of Madness' remix of 'Paid in Full' by Eric B and Rakim.
www.geocities.com /soho/museum/4312   (424 words)

 Internet Archive: Details: Can I Get An Amen?
The work attempts to bring into scrutiny the techno-utopian notion that 'information wants to be free'- it questions its effectiveness as a democratizing agent.
This as well as other issues are foregrounded through a history of the Amen Break and its peculiar relationship to current copyright law.
The quiet vinyl crackling on the soundtrack heard throughout throughout the piece is compelling and hypnotic.
www.archive.org /details/NateHarrisonCanIGetAnAmen   (291 words)

 David Morneau - Amen #1 (A/Break:1)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
This EP-in-progress is to be a collection of pieces built primarily from a 16-beat drum break played by Gregory Coleman in The Winstons' Amen My Brother.
This break has been heavily sampled by the hip-hop community and its varied and various suburbs.
The sound and excitement of this particular passage are so widely used and recognized that it is referred to simply as the amen break, similar to the rhythm changes in the jazz community…
5of4.com /amen/about.html   (147 words)

 The J-Walk Blog: The Amen Break (Comments)
I can steal their material ("sample") and loop it, recite some really crappy poetry over the top of it, and get richer than they ever dreamed." Oh well, there's no accounting for taste.
It also seems to me that this "Amen Break" was a common drum lick long before the Winstons' recording, but then again, since I'm not a percussionist, I'd be hard pressed to come up with proof to back up my "feeling".
The beats in the Amen Break are common accents in Brazilian music.
j-walkblog.com /index.php?/weblog/comments/the_amen_break   (312 words)

 The ubiquitous "Amen Break" explained VideoSift
I have HATED the Amen Break ever since it first came out and I find that 99% of songs that use it to be practically unlistenable.
I would download sets of wav files for making simple mod music in highschool (late 90's) and many would include a version of the amen snare and amen break.
Its a fast, punchy snare, and the break itself was so cleanly isolated and easily looped in its original form that it was never too surprising to me why it first became such a mainstay for lazy producers.
www.videosift.com /story.php?id=3373   (532 words)

 DUB Messages / history of the amen break and the TB-303   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
DUB Messages / history of the amen break and the TB-303
» history of the amen break and the TB-303
history of the amen break and the TB-303
www.imperialdub.com /dubmessages/viewtopic.php?id=1134   (60 words)

 Generator.X blog » Blog Archive » The Arcane Art of Tracking vs. the Amen Break
Generator.x is a conference and exhibition examining the current role of software and generative strategies in art and design.
Generator.x is a co-production between Atelier Nord and Riksutstillinger (National Touring Exhibitions of Norway), part of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design.
It lists possible software (such as Renoise) and gives a step-by-step breakdown of how to go about murdering the Amen Break (the biggest drum’n'bass break of all time…) For more insights into the origin of tracking culture, Salon.com has an article called MOD Love.
www.generatorx.no /20051125/the-arcane-art-of-tracking-vs-the-amen-break   (482 words)

This was followed by the intensely fierce amen track "Shadow Warrior" which was licensed to Breakbeat Science (USA) in 2002 and featured on DJ Bailey's (BBC 1xtra / Intasound / Metalheadz) "Soul Thunder" mix CD.
This track fused relentlessly cut up amen breakbeats over furious reece and sub basslines creating a vision of chaos on the dancefloor.
Heavyweight robotic basslines and powerful amen breaks ensure that this is a tune to provide a rush on the dancefloor as well creating something for the mind.
www.myspace.com /menaceramenrec   (358 words)

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