Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Amen Break and the Golden Ratio

The Amen Break
A student recently asked if I had any insights into why the "Amen Break" is so popular in some modern music. "What's that?" I had to admit that I hadn't heard of it. But when we listened to it, a drum break beat, I recognized the rhythm right away. I'd heard it in television commercials and the music of James Brown, and elsewhere. You probably have too. I became intrigued when I saw an image of the audio waves themselves because I immediately recognized the Golden Ratio in the structure of its timing. And I was surprised to find an even deeper relationship to the structure of the human body.

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