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Most sampled drums beat in the history of music

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I don't know if you guys have heard this but I thought it was very interesting....

Can I Get An Amen? is an audio installation that unfolds a critical perspective of

perhaps the most sampled drums 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.

Total run time 17 minutes, 46 seconds

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