The World's Most Important 6 Second Drum Loop
By James Grahame
It's not new, but Nate Harrision's six-year-old look at one of the most sampled drum beats in the world is still worth a listen.
mobius32 explains, "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 hip hop 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."