How six seconds from 1969 changed music

The video below is boring to watch, but it’s the audio that is interesting. This is a discussion of the “Amen Break“, possibly the most-used sample in contemporary music – somewhat like the “Wilhelm Scream“, but with possibly broader ramifications.

A little long for a Youtube video (about 19 minutes), it starts with a history of the sample itself, examples of its use in more recent music, and goes into a brief discussion of its implication in regards to copyright laws and the very nature of sampling.

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~ by mattbear on December 17, 2007.

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