NATE HARRISON‘s “Can I Get An Amen?” is an audio piece that offers 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 1960s 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.
Nate was kind enough to allow ((audience)) to print a unique dubplate of “Can I Get An Amen?” for the Dub Shop. Watch a video about the project below:
R. LUKE DuBOIS’ “Billboard” charts all of the #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1958. The 857 songs used to make the piece are analyzed digitally and a spectral average is then derived from the entire song (a process DuBois calls “time-lapse phonography.” The spectral average of each song used in Billboard plays for one second for each week it stayed at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. As DuBois has written, “if there is such a thing as a ‘hit sound,’ perhaps we could hear it change from year to year.” Click the image below to watch a video of the piece at work.