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    Know Your Samples

    Post by Strebeck on Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:52 pm

    If this is popular, maybe I'll make this a regular type of update thread thingy.

    The idea is to show people where some of your favorite samples originated from.

    Today we have a sample used a few times by what seems to be a local favorite, Skrillex.

    If this is something you'd like to see continued, let me know!

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    Re: Know Your Samples

    Post by Meesh on Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:01 pm

    lmao! Just proves to show that Ideas for shit can spawn from anywhere just like little Asian kids cup stacking! And yes! I would love to see where all these dub samples originate from. When I hear specific samples I always wonder where they're from. Nice topic. Post away Sample McSamplerson!

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    Re: Know Your Samples

    Post by iRaz on Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:09 pm

    that girl needs an exorcist asap!




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    Re: Know Your Samples

    Post by Titan on Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:36 am

    hey i'm skrillex and i like to use the same samples in every song
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    Re: Know Your Samples

    Post by iRaz on Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:22 am

    Titan wrote:hey i'm skrillex and i like to use the same samples in every song
    I like his style because he know how to use the samples in a cool way.




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    Re: Know Your Samples

    Post by Titan on Sat Feb 26, 2011 3:34 pm

    iRaz wrote:
    Titan wrote:hey i'm skrillex and i like to use the same samples in every song
    I like his style because he know how to use the samples in a cool way.

    i like him, i was just saying it's funny how often he uses the same samples
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    Re: Know Your Samples

    Post by Strebeck on Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:29 pm

    Well, at least one person expressed interest in a repeat lesson. So, we'll get a little bit more universal in the sample we'll cover today. This sample is commonly referred to as the "Amen Break". As explained in both of these videos, the Amen Break is a short 5 second drum solo dropped in the middle of a track called "Amen, Brother" by The Winstons back in 1969.

    This short 5 second drum break has been sampled and deconstructed to such a degree as to be considered one of the building blocks of hip hop, electronica, and modern Western digital pop music. So much so, that it's just about impossible for us to hear it today and not think, immediately, of a handful of songs that use this break. In fact, it's hard to conceptualize it as an original idea.

    But keep in mind, at the time it was "just" a little drum break. In the shorter video of just the break you can skip to 0:43 to get right to the music. The second video is an 18 minute master class on the use of the Amen Break in popular music. If you have ever enjoyed electronica, pop, or hip hop, I fully recommend sitting down for 20 minutes and listening to the lecture in the second video.

    (if nothing else it makes for good cocktail party banter)

    The Amen Break:




    The Amen Break Master Class:

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    Re: Know Your Samples

    Post by Meesh on Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:10 am

    Nothin' like music appreciation. That sample is so easily overlooked. I would have never thought that the little break actually originated from somewhere and has been used in so many different types of music. It lays out the foundation of a lot of beats that have been changed up. But when you actually break the beats down, you can recognize that sample.

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    Re: Know Your Samples

    Post by Strebeck on Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:09 pm

    After some conversation in CP, I've convinced myself to do at least one more of these.

    Following DJ mentality, the mix from Dubstep to Drum and Bass to pure old school Hip Hop makes sense. Therefore, here comes a classic Hip Hop sample.

    Some of the older of the bunch may recall Yo! Mtv Raps, and their original VJ Fab 5 Freddy. Well beyond being a slick VJ and a famous graffiti tagger he was also a solid MC and DJ as well. In 1982 he dropped a single called "Change the Beat". On the single the A side was the song in English and the B side was him dropping the same song in French. The B side also had a female vocalist taking his place. Her name was Beside, and her version of the track was largely unmentionable except for one small detail.

    At the very end of Beside's version of Change the Beat the beat stops and Freddy uses a vocoder and says "Ahhh, this stuff is really fresh!". This is *massive* because this is the "Fresh" that just about every DJ in the 1980's sampled to hell and back. So keep in mind that this is one super tiny piece of a shitty song, that was an add-on to the B-side of a shitty single, that honestly probably should have been edited out before pressing the damn thing.

    But, it wasn't. And now it can be heard in at least one song, from every year, since 1982. In all it's been sampled by roughly 400 songs since the early 80s, not to mention scratched at every club, houseparty and BBQ from the BK to LA. Some prime examples include:

    The Show, by Doug E Fresh
    One of Those Days, by Fresh Prince
    Boyz N The Hood, by Eazy-E
    the list goes on....

    I've typed enough, here's a picture of Fab 5 Freddy, a picture of some of his graffiti, and the full version of Beside's lacing of the track, "Change the Beat" where the sample in question can be found at 3:41 of the video. And finally The Show by Doug E Fresh, as just one example of the sample in use.


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    One of his few tags to still exist:




    Change the Beat sample at 3:41:




    The Show:

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    Re: Know Your Samples

    Post by Meesh on Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:03 pm

    <3 The Show lol. The 'fresh' sample is a total classic.

    Here's another classic sample from The Honey Drippers- Impeach the President



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    What samples do you often use when you lay out your tracks?


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