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Big Beat:
Big beat is a style of music that typically uses heavy breakbeats and synthesizer-generated loops and patterns common to techno and acid house. The term has been used since the mid-1990s by the British music press to describe music by artists such as The Prodigy, Cut La Roc, Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers, The Crystal Method, and Propellerheads.

Big beat tends to feature distorted, compressed breakbeats at tempos between 120 to 140 beats per minute, acid house-style synthesizer lines, and heavy loops from 60s and 70s funk, jazz, rock, and pop songs. They are often punctuated with punk-style vocals and driven by intense, distorted basslines with conventional pop and techno song structures. Big beat tracks have a sound that includes crescendos, builds, drops, dramatic sound effects, such as explosions or sirens, and extended drum rolls. As with several other dance genres at the time, the use of effects such as filters, phasing, and flanging was commonplace.
Big beat is also often characterized by a strong psychedelic influence comparable to a wide range of artists, from Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Jacques Perrey to Funkadelic and the acid house movement of the late 1980s. Celebrated instigators of the genre such as Fatboy Slim tend to feature heavily compressed loud breakbeats in their tracks, which are used to define the music as much as any melodic hooks and sampled sounds. Based on the primary use of loud, heavy breakbeats and basslines, big beat shares attributes with jungle and drum and bass, but has a significantly slower tempo.

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Big Beat:
Big Beat (auch Big Beats) ist eine Stilrichtung der elektronischen Tanzmusik, die im Wesentlichen auf Breakbeats aufbaut. Der Begriff wurde Mitte der 1990er Jahre von der britischen Musikpresse geprägt, um die Musik von The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Leftfield, The Crystal Method, Propellerheads und The Prodigy zu beschreiben.

Im Zentrum steht ein unterschiedlich zusammengesetzter Grundrhythmus, der sich klanglich an Techno, Hip-Hop, Breakbeat bzw. House orientiert. Während der Rhythmus bei Techno regelmäßig (Bass-Schlag auf jede Viertelnote) gespielt wird, ist dieser bei Big Beat typischerweise unregelmäßig und bewegt sich üblicherweise zwischen 85 und 160 BPM. Er wird ergänzt durch gesampelte Loops realer Schlagzeug-Breaks, die durch das Wegfiltern der Bässe und Höhen einen telefonartigen Klangcharakter erhalten und dadurch in den Hintergrund treten. Die Kick, also die Bass Drum leitet den Takt jedoch meist hart ein, hat eine starke Betonung im Sub-Bass Bereich und liegt nie im selben Frequenzband wie die Bassline. Es treten ebenso Elemente von Funk, Jazz oder Acid House auf, welche meist als rhythmische Elemente dienen. Daher ist meist auch nur eine beschränkte Melodik zu beobachten, da die Songs vorrangig auf ihrem Klang und Rhythmus (Groove) basieren, an welchen meist akribisch detailliert gearbeitet wird.

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