February 23, 2007

Amen Break

Can I Get An Amen? is a fascinating 20-minute video that "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."

Some may enjoy another project by Nate Harrison that uses the Artbeats catalog to "meditate on the construction of visual meaning in today's very fluid (and increasingly template-driven) image economy."

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