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Drumcode Techno

Learn to create Drumcode Techno..

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

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Course Details

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.

Course Contents

Session 01: 5 Mins.
An introduction to the tools required for this genre.

Session 02: 25 Mins.

Field Recording & Processing: the creation of unique sounds .

Session 03: 32 Mins.
Creating The Kick: Principles of layering and synthesis.

Session 04: 30 Mins.
The Bass Part 1:Examples of sampled style basslines.

Session 05: 31 Mins.

The Bass Part 2: The creation of sub basses.

Session 06: 32 Mins.
The Lead Part 1: the theory of Techno leads.

Session 07: 22 Mins.
The Lead Part 2: Synthesis of a chorded lead.

Session 08: 20 Mins.
he Lead Part 3: The application of effects and processing.

Session 09: 20 Mins.

Hocketing: The theory behind hocketing.

Session 10: 40 Mins.
Percussion 1: The foundation of Techno.

Session 11: 45 Mins.
Percussion 2: We build on our initial percussion.

Session 12: 25 Mins.
Percussion 3: We build further percussion.

Session 13: 25 Mins.

Percussion 4: We finish building and composing the percussion.

Session 14: 30 Mins.
Vocal Swirl: the importance of background repetition of vocals.

Session 15: 35 Mins.
Cross Processing: the application within leads leads.

Session 16: 40 Mins.
Direction: To allow us to begin arranging the music.

Session 17: 60 Mins.

Arranging Part 1: we examine how to arrange Techno.

Session 18: 60 Mins.
Arranging Part 2:We continue to arrange the example track.

Session 19: 45 Mins.
Arranging Part 3: The use of Mid/Side Processing.

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