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100 Years of Beat

About This Series

100 Years of Beat

The first drum set came on the market in 1918 and triggered a musical revolution: It took over urban dance music and established the triad of bass drum, snare and hi-hat as the combination used the world over. African diasporic beat practices in North America and the Caribbean completely realigned European-defined music. 100 Years of Beat tells this story and investigates the relationship between played and programmed beats. It presents style-formative drummers and explores (back) beat concepts from Brazil, Japan, Ghana, and the Congo as well as rhythm practices of Indian and Colombian music.

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Design: NODE Berlin Oslo