The “Amen Break”

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Can I Get An Amen?. Pro­duced by Nate Har­ri­son. 2004.

Can I Get An Amen? is an audio instal­la­tion that unfolds a crit­i­cal per­spec­tive of per­haps the most sam­pled drum beat in the his­to­ry of record­ed music, the Amen Break. It begins with the pop track Amen Broth­er by 60’s soul band The Win­stons, and traces the trans­for­ma­tion of their drum solo from its orig­i­nal con­text as part of a ‘B’ side vinyl sin­gle into its use as a key aur­al ingre­di­ent in con­tem­po­rary cul­tur­al expres­sion. The work attempts to bring into scruti­ny the tech­no-utopi­an notion that ‘infor­ma­tion wants to be free’- it ques­tions its effec­tive­ness as a democ­ra­tiz­ing agent. This as well as oth­er issues are fore­ground­ed through a his­to­ry of the Amen Break and its pecu­liar rela­tion­ship to cur­rent copy­right law.

Friday Before Next

I’m just excit­ed about Japan along with oth­er peeps. Less than 4 days to go. I’ve been try­ing to just be healthy this past week; not to men­tion, clean up every­thing in my room so I can pack and just go dri­ve down tomor­row for LA. That, and tie up any loose ends regard­ing projects both for work and free­lance.

Any­ways, here’s some­thing to make your Fri­day-work­day go by faster—TGIF!

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Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

This is how fast this year is cur­rent­ly going.

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I just need more free time to relax and catch-up on all the things I need and want to accom­plish. But hey… I guess just go with the flow right? Alas, its the week­end.

Have a great, safe Memo­r­i­al Day week­end!