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Breakcore is a genre of electronic dance music which uses rearranged, cut-up breakbeats to create extreme sounds. Beginning in the mid 1990s breakcore as a genre developed from different styles of music such as drum and bass, hardcore techno, IDM, mashup, industrial and noise. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Electronic dance music (EDM) is a broad set of percussive music genres that largely inherit from 1970s disco music and, to some extent, the experimental pop music of Kraftwerk. ... Drum and bass (commonly abbreviated to d&b, DnB, dnb, dnb, drum n bass and drum & bass) is a type of electronic dance music also known as jungle. ... Problems playing the files? See media help. ... Intelligent dance music (commonly IDM) is a genre of electronic music derived from dance music of the 1980s and early 1990s which puts an emphasis on novel processing and sequencing. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Noise music is music composed of non-traditional musical elements, and lacks the structure associated with Western Music. ...

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Influences and Development

Breakcore began to evolve out of a boredom with stagnant forms of more traditional techno and rave music as well as an evolution within noise and sound art. A need for faster BPMs as well as a more anti-authoritarian sound also pushed the various sub-genres to more extreme states. For the comic book character previously known as Techno, see Fixer (comics). ... For other uses, see Rave (disambiguation). ... Noise music is music composed of non-traditional musical elements, and lacks the structure associated with Western Music. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... BPM can mean: beats per minute Business Process Management Business Process Modeling Business Performance Management This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page—a list of articles associated with the same title. ...


At this point pre-breakcore came from London, Berlin and Newcastle, Australia (home of Bloody Fist Records). Early influential artists include Alec Empire, DJ Scud, Panacea, Christoph Fringeli and Nasenbluten. Fringeli describes the sound then as "a hybrid strategy rather than a style or genre. It drew its influences and sources from industrial hardcore, jungle/drum'n'bass and everything in between and neighbouring it, engaging in an alchemy of sounds, pillaging the rave culture and sharpening, radicalizing and intensifying it." [1] This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the capital of Germany. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... Blood Fist Records was a Newcastle, Austrailia based independent record label. ... Alec Empire (born May 2, 1972) is a German musician. ... DJ Scud is an alias of South London breakcore producer and DJ Toby Reynolds. ... Mathis Mootz (born 1976) is a prolific German electronic musician and DJ from Germany. ... Nasenbluten were a Newcastle Australia recording and performance group, who pioneered hardcore techno, gabber, amigacore and cheapcore music. ...


Ambush Records

In London DJ Scud co-founded Ambush Records with fellow producer Aphasic to focus on more extreme noise-oriented hardcore drum and bass. Some artists released on Ambush are Christoph Fringeli, Slepcy, Panacea (now The Panacea) and Noize Creator. "Scud and Nomex tracks like 'Total Destruction' helped create the blueprint for much of breakcore's sound, a high-bpm mash-up of hyperkinetic, post-jungle breaks, feedback, noise, and Jamaican elements paired with a devil-may-care attitude towards sampling that pulls from the broadest musical spectrum of styles (hip-hop, rock, industrial, pop, and beyond)."[2] Ambush is a London based breakcore record label. ... Drum and bass (commonly abbreviated to d&b, DnB, dnb, dnb, drum n bass and drum & bass) is a type of electronic dance music also known as jungle. ... Mathis Mootz (born 1976) is a prolific German electronic musician and DJ from Germany. ...


Bloody Fist Records

At the same time, the now defunct label, Bloody Fist Records based in Newcastle, Australia released many records of hardcore/gabber, industrial, and noise. Regarding the music label boss Mark Newlands said in 1997 "I think that the uncomfortableness also comes from a reaction towards the mainstream and popular culture that's constantly shoved down our throats, that's forced on the people via television, radio, mass media, etc. I think that also fuels the fire and keeps the aggressiveness there and the uncomfortableness."[3] Artists signed to Bloody Fist in its lifetime include Syndicate, Xylocaine, Epsilon and Nasenbluten. Blood Fist Records was a Newcastle, Austrailia based independent record label. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... Problems playing the files? See media help. ... Gabber, gabba (pronounced gahba or gahbuhr in Dutch), or hardcore, is a subgenre of electronic music that is a subgenre of hardcore techno. ... Noise music is music composed of non-traditional musical elements, and lacks the structure associated with Western Music. ... Nasenbluten were a Newcastle Australia recording and performance group, who pioneered hardcore techno, gabber, amigacore and cheapcore music. ...


Digital Hardcore Recordings

Formed in 1994, Digital Hardcore Recordings released music by artists such as Alec Empire, Patric Catani, Shizuo, Atari Teenage Riot, EC8OR and Bomb20 which shaped the breakcore sound. The Alec Empire album The Destroyer is often noted as the first breakcore album. Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) is a record label set up in 1994 by Alec Empire. ... Alec Empire (born May 2, 1972) is a German musician. ... Patric Catani is the performing name of German Breakcore/Hardcore producer Patric Cremer, living in Berlin. ... Shizuo was the Digital Hardcore Recordings manifestation of David Hammer, with occasional vocals and an animated stage show by Annika Trost. ... Atari Teenage Riot (abbreviated ATR) was a German Digital hardcore group formed in Berlin in 1992. ... Already both involved with Alec Empires Digital Hardcore Recordings, Patric Catani and Gina V. DOrio formed EC8OR in 1995. ...


Breakcore becomes a genre

As the early days of "hardcore techno" or just "hardcore" began to settle in Europe, breakcore as a genre began to take more concrete forms in other parts of the world. Inspired by the seminal labels above (among others) new labels such as Addict from Milwaukee, USA, Peace Off from Rennes, France and Planet Mu from London began to take a new shape, adding in more elements of mashup and IDM to the hardcore sounds. Each of these labels began to draw in aspects of their own social and aesthetic scenes into their music thus allowing for an even broader definition of what was possible in the music while at the same time also confirming certain elements of style to unite the music. Planet Mu is an electronic music record label run by Mike Paradinas. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Intelligent dance music (commonly IDM) is a genre of electronic music derived from dance music of the 1980s and early 1990s which puts an emphasis on novel processing and sequencing. ...


One of the most controversial issues in breakcore is that of the mere existence of the genre. Because it pulls liberally from other musical genres, there is not a consensus on what is and what is not breakcore, or even over the usefulness of the term itself. Because of the fragmentation, the breakcore scene is not centered in any one geographical location, but is rather scattered into disparate groups. Perhaps the one place where breakcore's "voice" can be heard is virtually, through the internet and various online forums, such as those at C8 and Widerstand (Eiterherd's website, now defunct). Eiterherd is an Austrian breakcore artist. ...


According to Simon Reynolds of The New York Times breakcore is "purveyed by artists like DJ/Rupture and Teamshadetek, the music combines rumbling bass lines, fidgety beats and grainy ragga vocals to create a home-listening surrogate for the bashment vibe of a Jamaican sound system party. Others within the breakcore genre, like Knifehandchop, Kid 606 and Soundmurderer, hark back to rave's own early days, their music evoking the rowdy fervor of a time when huge crowds flailed their limbs to a barrage of abstract noise and convulsive rhythm. It's a poignant aural mirage of a time when techno music was made for the popular vanguard rather than a connoisseurial elite, as it is today."[4] The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ...


In Europe the breakcore genre was solidified by raves and club events such as Breakcore Gives Me Wood in Belgium and Breakcore A Go Go in the Netherlands, which was run by FFF and Bong-Ra, Anticartel in Rennes and later Wasted in Berlin. Breakcore Gives Me Wood logo Breakcore Gives Me Wood is a Belgian breakcore partycrew, operating from Ghent, Belgium. ... Bong-Ra is the performing name of Dutch Breakcore musician Jason Kohnen from Utrecht. ... For other uses, see Rennes (disambiguation). ... This stub is about an EP by L.A. Guns. ...


The Amen Break

While breakcore is definitely not only organized around the cutting and distortion of the amen break, it is a key to defining the genre. The amen break in breakcore is primarily used at high-speeds and edited to produce jarring effects when distorted and layered in combination with almost any sound. This particular drum-break sound characterizes many breakcore songs and is still used as a key factor to define the sound. This is in line with breakcore's tendency to create a post-modern parody of drum and bass clichés - many of the sounds heard in breakcore are very "classic" jungle samples. The wave form of the Amen break. ...


Distribution

Among the many types of music now being spread online, perhaps breakcore is the most fascinating to observe in regard to its online diffusion. Since the genre as a whole still is developing and growing rapidly, the music itself is largely downloaded via peer-to-peer networks, and discussed on internet forums. Whereas the early days of breakcore were based in select urban cities, the genre now has no geographical center. The music itself tends to reflect this multiplicity of media diffusion itself (as already mentioned) by incorporating so many different forms of music all hacked together to form breakcore. It remains a relatively small genre, but compared to its size prior to the 1990s web boom, it continues to grow substantially. A peer-to-peer (or P2P) computer network is a network that relies on the computing power and bandwidth of the participants in the network rather than concentrating it in a relatively few servers. ... A typical Internet forum discussion, with common elements such as quotes and spoiler brackets A page from a forum showcasing emoticons and Internet slang An Internet forum is a web application for holding discussions and posting user generated content. ...


Developments in the genre

Breakcore has forever been changing and branching. Many newer breakcore artists focus on melodic progressions and complex drum programming while other artists still focus on distorted hardcore breakbeats and dark-edged musical influences (such as heavy metal, and industrial). The prolific Venetian Snares has produced breakcore blended with elements of classical music. Other artists such as Shitmat and DJ Scotch Egg take another direction towards mash-up, happy hardcore and rave to make a lighter, more humorous sound. Heavy metals, in chemistry, are chemical elements of a particular range of atomic weights. ... Venetian Snares is the primary performing alias of Canadian electronic musician Aaron Funk (born January 11, 1975). ... This article is about Western art music from 1000 AD to the 2000s . ... Shitmat is the performing name of Henry Collins, a breakcore artist from Brighton. ... DJ Scotch Egg (born Shigeru Ishihara) is a Japanese producer of Chiptune / Gabber music based in Brighton, United Kingdom. ... Happy hardcore is a form of dance music typified by a very fast tempo (usually around 165-180 BPM), often coupled with male or female vocals, and saccharine lyrics. ... For other uses, see Rave (disambiguation). ...


References

  1. ^ Fringeli C. Praxis Records Newsletter 18 [1]
  2. ^ Earp, Marr. "Breakcore: Live Fast". XLR8, July 20, 2006 [2]
  3. ^ Interview in Datacide Three, October 1997
  4. ^ Reynolds, Simon. "The Turn Away From The Turntable". The New York Times, Sunday, January 23, 2005, Pg. 22

See also

This is a list of noteable breakcore record labels. ... Problems playing the files? See media help. ... Bouncy techno (also known as happy gabber, funcore, or tartan techno - see terminology) is a rave hardcore dance music style that developed from around 1992, mostly emanating from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. ... Breakbeat hardcore (popularly known as rave music, originally referred to as simply hardcore in the United Kingdom, with old school hardcore a common term in the 21st century) is a style of electronic music that primarily uses breakbeats for its rhythm lines. ... Digital hardcore is a music genre or style that was first defined by Alec Empire. ... Freeform Hardcore coming from its sister genre happy hardcore was introduced in 1999. ... Gabber (IPA pronunciation: ), gabba, or hardcore, is a style of electronic music and a subgenre of hardcore techno. ... Happy hardcore is a form of dance music typified by a very fast tempo (usually around 165-180 BPM), often coupled with male or female vocals, and saccharine lyrics. ... Hardcore Breaks is a genre of electronic music written in the style of old skool rave music or breakbeat hardcore using modern technology. ... Mákina, also called Bakalao, is an electronic music genre originating in Spain, similar in sound to UK Hardcore but with elements of bouncy techno, and other differences. ... Speedbass was a genre formed by a group of DJs, spinning a wide mix of genres. ... Speedcore is a form of hardcore techno that is typically identified by its high rate of beats per minute and aggressive themes. ... Electronic dance music (EDM) is a broad set of percussive music genres that largely inherit from 1970s disco music and, to some extent, the experimental pop music of Kraftwerk. ... This is a list of electronic music genres and sub-genres, though for the latter, not all possess their own article (in which case, see the main genre article). ... Ambient music refers to a kind of music that envelops the listener without drawing attention to itself [1] // The term ambient music was first coined by Brian Eno in the mid-1970s to refer to music that can be either actively listened to with attention or as easily ignored, depending... This article is about breakbeat, the electronic dance music genre. ... Drum and bass (commonly abbreviated to d&b, DnB, dnb, dnb, drum n bass and drum & bass) is a type of electronic dance music also known as jungle. ... Electro, short for electro funk (also known as robot hip hop and Electro hop) is an electronic style of hip hop directly influenced by Kraftwerk and funk records (unlike earlier rap records which were closer to disco). ... Hardcore (sometimes ardcore) is a term that has been used to describe a variety of related electronic dance music styles over almost two decades. ... House music is a style of electronic dance music that was developed by dance club DJs in Chicago in the early to mid-1980s. ... Synthpop is a subgenre of New Wave in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. ... For the comic book character previously known as Techno, see Fixer (comics). ... Trance is a style of electronic music that developed in the 1990s. ... Trip hop (also known as the Bristol sound) is a term coined by United Kingdom dance magazine Mixmag, to describe a musical trend in the mid-1990s; trip hop is downtempo electronic music that grew out of Englands hip hop and house scenes. ... UK garage (also known as UKG or just garage) refers to several different varieties of modern electronic dance music generally connected to the evolution of house in the United Kingdom in the mid 1990s. ... This article is about breakbeat, the electronic dance music genre. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Big beat (sometimes called chemical breaks) is a term deployed in the mid 1990s by the British music press to describe the work of artists such as The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and The Prodigy. ... Breakbeat hardcore (popularly known as rave music, originally referred to as simply hardcore in the United Kingdom, with old school hardcore a common term in the 21st century) is a style of electronic music that primarily uses breakbeats for its rhythm lines. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Drill n bass is a genre name coined by fans for a type of electronic music that emerged from drum n bass in the mid-1990s. ... Florida breaks, also referred to as Florida breakbeat and Funky Breaks, is a genre of breakbeat music which, as the name suggests, is most popular in the areas around the US state of Florida. ... Hardcore Breaks is a genre of electronic music written in the style of old skool rave music or breakbeat hardcore using modern technology. ... Look for Nu skool breaks on one of Wikipedias sister projects: Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... It has been suggested that Dark house be merged into this article or section. ... Electronic dance music (EDM) is a broad set of percussive music genres that largely inherit from 1970s disco music and, to some extent, the experimental pop music of Kraftwerk. ... This is a list of electronic music genres and sub-genres, though for the latter, not all possess their own article (in which case, see the main genre article). ... Ambient music refers to a kind of music that envelops the listener without drawing attention to itself [1] // The term ambient music was first coined by Brian Eno in the mid-1970s to refer to music that can be either actively listened to with attention or as easily ignored, depending... This article is about breakbeat, the electronic dance music genre. ... Drum and bass (commonly abbreviated to d&b, DnB, dnb, dnb, drum n bass and drum & bass) is a type of electronic dance music also known as jungle. ... Electro, short for electro funk (also known as robot hip hop and Electro hop) is an electronic style of hip hop directly influenced by Kraftwerk and funk records (unlike earlier rap records which were closer to disco). ... Hardcore (sometimes ardcore) is a term that has been used to describe a variety of related electronic dance music styles over almost two decades. ... House music is a style of electronic dance music that was developed by dance club DJs in Chicago in the early to mid-1980s. ... Synthpop is a subgenre of New Wave in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. ... For the comic book character previously known as Techno, see Fixer (comics). ... Trance is a style of electronic music that developed in the 1990s. ... Trip hop (also known as the Bristol sound) is a term coined by United Kingdom dance magazine Mixmag, to describe a musical trend in the mid-1990s; trip hop is downtempo electronic music that grew out of Englands hip hop and house scenes. ... UK garage (also known as UKG or just garage) refers to several different varieties of modern electronic dance music generally connected to the evolution of house in the United Kingdom in the mid 1990s. ...

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