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Drumcode Techno


For Drumcode Techno we examine the science and practice of Techno, and in particular DrumCode Techno.

While to many Techno can appear a relatively simple genre its simplicity belies a far, far more complex production ethic. Designed mainly as a DJ’s tool for the dance floor it is also perhaps one of the more complex genres of modern dance music to produce.

Infusing multiple rhythms with a major emphasis on its rhythmical continuity and a relatively limited motivic development it instead relies on a fundamental knowledge of a number of very specific compositional and production techniques such as multi-measure programming and development, cross-processing, metrical dissonance and varying rhythmical cells.

Spread over 3 modules and running over 10 hours of tutorial video, we examine the production ethics of this genre in detail. Starting from a blank sequencer, we explain many of the techniques used in the genre as we build an example track using the techniques discussed.

With module 1 we examine the importance of sound design and processing to produce the style of sounds for the genre, from sampling sounds and field recording through to the creation of kick drums, bass lines and leads with an emphasis on the compositional aspects including multi-measure patterning, syntactic ambiguity, modulation, harmonic cells and how to produce the “nervous” style bass popular in some Drumcode releases.

For module 2, we develop on the the previous disc and move into the most popular form of construction for drum rhythms, working on building the percussive elements of music while examining the importance of micro-tuning and amplitude modulation alongside cross processing the leads, creating background swirls & vocals and the uses of displacement and compositional techniques.

Finally for module 3 we examine how to arrange Techno using textural layering and development in order to keep the music fresh and interesting to the listeners.

Runtime: 10 Hours 4 minutes

Module 1

An introduction to the Tutorial

Session 01: Field Recording & Processing: 25 minutes
For the first session we examine the importance in field recording for the creation of unique sounds and show some of the ways they can be processed

Session 02: Creating The Kick: 32 minutes
Here we examine how to create a typical Techno kick, discussing hte principles of layering and synthesis along with effects.

Session 03: The Bass Part 1: 30 minutes
We begin by showing how some DrumCode Techno artists create their sampled style basslines

Session 04: The Bass Part 2: 31 minutes
For the second part we examine the creation of sub basses along with the creation of the "nervous" bass, popular in DrumCode

Session 05: The Lead Part 1: 32 minutes
In this session, we examine the theory of Techno leads by building a sampled style lead and introduce the importance of multi-measure patterning and Syntactic Ambiguity

Session 06: The Lead Part 2: 22 minutes
We continue to examine lead creation and this time syntheszie a chorded lead.

Session 07: The Lead Part 3: 20 minutes
For the final session on leads, we examine the application of effects and processing.

Session 08: Hocketing: 20 minutes
We return to the bass and examine the theory behind hocketing basslines in Techno.

Module 2

Session 09: Percussion 1: 40 minutes
The foundation of Techno lies with its percussion and for this session we examine how to approach it.

Session 10: Percussion 2: 45 minutes
We build on our initial percussion

Session 11: Percussion 3: 25 minutes
We build further percussion

Session 12: Percussion 4: 25 minutes
For this session, we finish building and composing the percussion for the track

Session 13: Vocal Swirl: 30 minutes
In this session, we examine the importance of the background repetition of vocals.

Session 14: Cross Processing: 35 minutes
Here, we discuss the application of cross processing leads to permit prolongued listening periods.

Session 15: Direction: 40 minutes
In this session, we examine how to create direction for the music to allow us to begin arranging the music.

Module 3

Session 16: Arranging Part 1: 60 minutes
Here, we examine how to arrange Techno and how to create textural development by beginning to arrange an example track

Session 17: Arranging Part 2: 60 minutes
We continue to arrange the examle track

Session 18: Arranging Part 3: 45 Minutes.
We continue from the previous session, this time examining the complete arrangement of the music and examine the use of Mid/Side Processing.

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