Sampling, the Amen Break!
We talked about Hip-Hop in the two previous articles, this music is strongly related to the sampling technique.
Sampling is an art! The art of not plagiarizing a protected work, the art of recreating from an existing sound material but above all, the art of knowing how to collect the samples, to find the little pieces of music that sometimes come from obscure vinyls, to take ownership of them and give them life in your own music.
Most sampled sound worldwide ? The Amen Break!
It can be heard on countless recordings from Hip-Hop to Jungle.
The “Amen break” is one of music’s most beloved and essential samples, ranking up there with “Funky Drummer” and “Think (About It)” as the most used breaks in hip-hop, dance and rock.
Snatched from the Winstons’ 1969 track “Amen, Brother,” the sample has appeared at various speeds in the music of N.W.A, Nine Inch Nails, Oasis and even in the theme of the animated series Futurama.
However, because of statute of limitations on the recording, the primary songwriters behind the track – the Winstons’ Richard L. Spencer, who wrote the arrangement for the song and owned the copyright on the track, and drummer Gregory Coleman, who died homeless in 2006 – never received royalties from their indispensable beat. That is, until now.
The amen break is a part of music history, this small loop of a few seconds rich in anecdotes inspired so many musicians…
It was time that his creator perceives an “economic” thank!
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