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Video explains the world’s most important 6-sec drum loop

Cory Doctorow:
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.
(Thanks, Chris!)

Update: Hirmes sends us a link to a mirror.

Mozart’s music diary goes online

Net users are getting the chance to hear rarely performed works by Mozart thanks to the British Library.

if you\’re the type for this sort of thing…

Guitars with five necks

Axel writes: und this picture, no story.”. So I did a bit of research and found that aside from this obvious Photoshop job, there are at least three real five-neck guitars, all of them made by Hamer for Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick. So now we know. More. If you want three necks, you’ll have to look here.
UPDATE: Ned writes: That is one of the three guitars made for Rick Neilson. The gal holding it is Kaia from The Butchies. They played a show with Cheap Trick in 2004, which is where the photo was taken… see here for all the details. Thanks Ned!

file this under hardcore.

Time for John Cage


As Slow as Possible/ASLSP

The world’s longest performance of a piece of music is being played in Germany, and it will go on playing for another 639 years. John Cage’s composition ASLSP, or to give it its full title As Slow As Possible, is part of what organisers have described as ‘a revolution in slowness.’ But can this really be taken seriously or is it simply a publicity stunt? Arts In Action reports.

Throughout his life, the experimental American composer, John Cage, was celebrated for his various efforts to subvert audiences’ conventional concepts of what music is, and should be. Famously quoted as saying, ‘if my work is accepted I must move on to the point where it isn’t’, Cage continually pushed back artistic boundaries and led audiences to the edge of reason.

Much of his theory of art was based on random events. Whether he used conventional percussion instruments or tinkered with audio frequencies, performances of Cage’s work always sparked conversation. In 1952 he hallenged every musical assumption with his most notorious piece entitled 4’33”. Here players sat silently for the allotted time, allowing the ambient noise to fill the void. This quite literally was the sound of silence. more [via netbehaviour]

Originally posted by jo from networked_performance, ReBlogged by djacobs on Jan 9, 2006 at 02:45 PM

one of those things you have to appreciate in theory…

Q-Unit: Queen and 50-Cent mashup

Cory Doctorow:

Q-Unit is a delightful mashup album combining 50-Cent and Queen — with tracks like “This is How We Bite the Dust,” “Bohemian Wanksta” and “We Will Rock You in Da Club.”

Now, two questions about this album:

1. Will people who download this decide that they don’t need to buy Queen albums or 50 Cent albums because this album gives them everything they’d need from both?

2. Will Queen or 50 Cent’s label go after the people who host this anyway?
(Thanks, Mark and Scim!)

let\’s get this up on the iTunes share, eh?

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