This has to be the ultimate in analogue to digital to analogue conversions ever. Having started life as the handiwork of Gregory Coleman, the Winstons ‘Amen Brother‘ drum break has gone on to define an entire genre of music. And having been mercilessly mashed in the digital world, one particularly creative Etsy user called cactusbathcreative has now taken the digital break back to analogue and created a laser cut wooden version of the ubiquitous Amen break to hang on your wall.
I’m fairly sure that something has been lost in the conversion process of course. And having seen Benga’s project, the no-compromise version of this would have been to make it from original Winstons 7″ vinyl. I can’t imagine how much that would cost, and how sacrilegious it would be either.
Coming in at £168.20 plus shipping (at least in my UK based Etsy anyway), this isn’t an impulse buy, but would look pretty damned cool on anyone’s wall. Hopefully cactusbathcreative can immortalise other breaks in the same way,
Side note — I can’t help but be reminded of Star Wars shield generators when I see this. Am I alone?
Another thought — someone should shoot a video with a slider, panning the length of this wooden version, and then sync the video to jungle tracks to make cool music videos. It however would be cool for a few minutes, and then a migraine almost right after.