Hot Chip’s (and 2 Bears’) Joe Goddard is more than just a dance-pop producer extraordinaire. He’s also a bit of a remix master, having reconstructed tunes by Breach, Dirty Projectors, Disclosure, and oodles more. So it was a pretty sweet move on the part of Point Blank Music School and the London Electronic Arts Festival to bring the man in for a remix masterclass.
Perhaps best known as the founder of Mute Records (a label responsible for bringing the likes of Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Moby, and others to the world), Daniel Miller is a luminary in the electronic music world, and one who’s knowledge of synthesis is heralded far and wide. At last year’s LEAF conference in London, the Point Blank Music School invited Miller to share his knowledge at an intensive masterclass, helping those curious to navigate the often confusing world of modular synthesis and its inherent mess of modules, patch cables, knobs, buttons, bleeps, and bloops.
You’ll likely recall when Ben Pearce’s super-deep and funky cut “What I Might Do” made a run up the charts at Beatport a couple years back, because it was a pretty unforgettable track. Riffing generously on Anthony Hamilton’s “Cornbread, Fish, and Collard Greens,” “What I Might Do” signaled more than just a push for the young upstart, making it clear to the masses that deep house was dead set on gaining some chart traction alongside all the progressive and electro-house tracks that typically occupied the top slots.
So just how did Pearce do it? Well, the always-reliable Point Blank Music School has taken a look at the tune in their series of deconstruction tutorials, to give you a better idea of how this jam came together.
There’s a lot of hubbub around the TR-808, pretty much all the time but especially now that Roland has been teasing an update to their legendary drum machine. But the original machines can be pretty finicky and, well, like any instrument, whether IRL or in the box, they deserve a great deal of attention when it comes to mixing them in your productions.
UK outfit Rudimental has been on a tear for the past 12 months, continuing to stake their claim on the electronic music landscape with their pop-streaked take on drum & bass. In the course of their ascent, the Foxes-featuring cut “Right Here” has proven to be one of Rudimental’s biggest tracks—a vocal-led piano anthem full of big drums and sweeping synths. Now, a newly surfaced video from Point Blank breaks down the track to show how the British four-piece goes about crafting its big tunes.
Over their long and fruitful career, Daft Punk have crafted an iconic sound, one that often looks to electronic music’s most legendary—and sometimes most expensive—pieces of gear as its building blocks. To most modern-day bedroom producers, though, these heralded, decades-old production tools are a luxury few possess. Still, that doesn’t mean that Daft Punk’s sound palette is entirely out of reach, as a new guide has surfaced offering suggestions for some more modern and less costly pieces of gear that can serve as fruitful replacements for the classic equipment Daft Punk so often utilize.
Wish you could craft house that moves the masses? You can. Just tune in to our ongoing series of fun, informative tutorials to learn how to create house music like a real champ. In our 10th (and final) instructional session of 2013, Producing House Like the Pros, presented by SAE Institute, we’ll demonstrate how Ableton can help you create melodies from instrument racks as well as crafting chord progressions for dramatic effect. Next, using Logic, we’ll swandive into bass sounds and how to play the rhythm so it rests in the pocket of your track. Finally, we’ll teach you how to texture your ideas to make tracks that pop and complement the other elements in your composition.
The current techno scene is flush with those who take their music (and themselves) far too seriously. Not so with Exercise One (aka Marco Freivogel and Ingo Gansera), who originally met in Berlin while working at the !K7 label. Years later, the Berlin duo stands out from the crowd with their genuine warmth, a mischievous manner, and a DIY spirit that threads throughout their music over the past decade. As they describe it, they’re “driving a car called techno off a cliff and straight into the sea of endless possibilities.” Watch our exclusive interview with them now.
West-coast house and techno mainstay and dirtybird labelhead Claude VonStroke (aka Barclay Crenshaw) dropped his impressive Urban Animal LP (his third full-length, for those counting) back in September. Now, the accomplished producer and DJ is set to start revealing what went on behind the scenes to create the sounds of his diverse, dancefloor-rooted album. In this first video, CVS pulls apart the main synth lines that lead Urban Animal‘s opening title cut, and explains the usefulness of flattening one’s VST synths to audio in Ableton.
Ready to make your mark? Want to standout from the run-of-the-mix releases? We’ve got you covered. Just tune in to our ongoing series of fun, informative tutorials to learn how to master memorable arrangements. In our ninth instructional session, Crafting Memorable Arrangements, presented by Pyramind, we’ll highlight a series of essential arrangement techniques including crafting custom “uplift” transitions, extending song structure using simple patterns, and simplifying your latest tracks to destroy the dancefloor.