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Music Theory is not dead

The Decline of music theory in Edm.






I know a lot of you saying to yourself what in the world am I talking about let me expand on my thoughts below.

Listen to any song on the radio its either a track made entirely  in protools ,(showing my age - I know no one uses pro  anymore) Or its made in Ableton or Fl Studio or any pick your choice digital audio work station.
The problem with these workstations from a music theory stand point is they do all of the work for you ! Lets say you are a beginner or a novice,trying to learn theory as you produce. Using some of these tools will not help you learn theory at all. Instead you will be hurting your efforts to actually learn theory altogether. Just because you play an instrument does not mean you  are a music theory guru!
You may have heard a lot of people say I know how to produce edm why do I need theory? Or I been playing the guitar for years I know theory I can just relate the theory to guitar to edm theory. You cant its not the same. Also just …

Write edm music with your emotion

Always write how you feel.

A lot of beginners I notice they don’t really write with feeling. When writing music no matter what kind edm,classical,pop or dance,or techno you should always write with feeling.
SomberYes write with feeling with emotion. If you are writing a sad somber trance track.Then write the track in F-minor. If you need to brush up on your music theory take a look about f-minor here.
Happy vibe
Lets say you want to  make a happy uplifting emotional trance track youd then mix that f-minor with some major chords and do your own thing and come up with a chord progression that sounds good. Theres no right or wrong way of  doing it just make sure your using the right scale to get the right emotion your after.
Lets say you were making a deep house track then youd want a mixture of some dominant sevenths chords and some minor sevenths in your chord sequence.
So it does not matter what music your making just always remember to always write the way you are feeling and you will be a…

The Call and Response in edm

When you produce any type of music there will be times where you either draw a blank! Or you need something for a section,something unique ,something different.Something unique.
Maybe you just want to add some tension to a otherwise boring song. Maybe you are working on a remix contest and want to stand out from the rest!
Whatever the case is no matter what you are working on,theres one thing you can go to everytime to spice up any track. Its called the call and response.
How does it work 
You cannot mess with science this pretty much will work every time.So how does it work? What does it sound like?
The truth is you’ve allready heard it millions ,countless times already . You just may not have been producing or composing or arranging at the time so it was not that clear to you. Every song you hear  today on the radio in the clubs at a concert utilizes a form of call and response.
The question and the answer
The most common one is the question and the answer.
You create a question and then yo…

the original edm bands from back in the day

What happened to the original  edm pioneers.Growing up in the 70s and 80s I was a product of mtv and was into the underground club scene.Though I started out in the school band and playing instruments,then led to djing,and mix tapes  ,break dancing the whole nine you name it,I was doing it.
For quite a while I was into freestyle in the 80s. Then all of the sudden something came over me and I just fell in love with  techno for some reason and of course the progressive house/trance movement in the middle to late nineties.
I used to be a clubkid
I would go to all the clubs  from limelight,tunnel,sound factory,tequila Joes,loop lounge,shelter,temptations,Bahama mamas,lana lounge just to name a few as you can see I pretty much a club kid.
I think I was the only guy in the club who was not high as I only went there for the music and to dance! Sure guys came up to me and asked me if I needed anything but ,I just said no!
The music was my high
Really the music was my high. Id go with friends to j…
The Super Triangle I know a lot of people when they think of producing trance the first  thing that comes to there mind is firing up a supersaw waveform in there synth or programming a supersaw to play the melody of your lead synth. Yes its very common to think of only the saw and square when thinking of trance and techno. One waveform a lot of people are overlooking is the triangle wave form. The TriangleSo do yourself a favor and go into your daw or your synth and change the waveform on some of your tracks to triangle and see what it sounds like. Youd be surprised as how it sounds just as good as a saw. While your at it try to use a sine waveform too. Sines sound great for dark or somber trance.
Examples
I went ahead and made some examples for you to hear what im talking about below. 







In the next few days I will give you different examples ,from some of my other tracks to show you what you can achieve by using a triangle waveform instead of using a saw for everything.  If you been produc…

Make psychtrance in 3 minutes

The easy method to create Psychedelic trance

Again focusing on newbies and beginners this tutorial shows you how to use music theory to make  Psychedelic trance its not that hard at all all you have to do is use the right mode and   the whole mood will change giving you that trance like Psychedelic feel and emotion.