Breakbeat Deconstruction: From hip hop to drum & bass and beyond

What makes breakbeats unique cultural objects? What motivates musicians to use them?

For over 30 years musicians have relied on the sonic impact of breakbeats in their music. In this time, the continual development of new sampling technology has generated new possibilities for musicians, affording new techniques for sampling and manipulating breakbeats, which in turn has driven the need for more advanced tools.

Using musical examples, Jason Hockman will trace the evolving role of breakbeats in electronic music, from their initial usage in hip hop into a second generation appropriation in genres including Jungle and Drum & Bass. He will also present recent ethnographic and technological research in breakbeat oriented electronic music.