As promised a few days ago, this video explains the history of sampling, the various uses and approaches over time, the growth of different genres and even subgenres all “based” on only this single drumloop (an ambitious statement, I know – but arguably at least not completely wrong) and, in consequence, copyright issues resulting from it. All explained by the example of the “Amen Break”, by the Winston Brothers from 1969.
The Youtube description reads like this:
“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.”
And here the original song for all you break/record/history and knowledge-nerds, enjoy!