Amen Evilution Project: “this projekt consists in producin tunes usin only one sample, the infamous amen break, to build each part, rythmics,basslines,scapes,synth-like sounds…evryfkinthang! expect strong sound manipulations creating tracks rangin from downtempo to breakcore thru abstract sounds and scapes…if u r interested in participatin to the proj, contact me and submit your tracks!”
Don’t know how likely they are to still be accepting submissions (you never know) it started up in 2004. Think I came across it in 05/06ish… No harm in trying, although it does sound very similar to what you are proposing.
Badass idea for a compo. I actually came up with a track about three years ago based on the same idea, but having listened to it again recently, I decided it pretty much sucks. So… I wrote a sequel. Here’s what I’ve been working on for the past few days:
Yup! Spent about six hours one evening just making sounds from the break and bouncing them all to audio in Ableton. I used a lot of different plugins and sound design techniques for this (including using the snippets of the break as an exciter for the Corpus resonator (in Ableton) and sending certain other sounds through a convolution reverb with impulse responses themselves derived from the break.)
I then opened up Renoise and, with the help of some trusty custom-made Reaktor sampling tools, got down and dirty on the sequencing front and made a whole bunch of complex, interlocking beats lasting several minutes. I then bounced all my tracks to audio and imported them into Ableton Live, for more sequencing and layering. This is often how I work when making tracks.