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.
Imagine growing up in your hometown tastemaker record store. Well, that’s exactly what happened to an adolescent Jesse Siminski (aka Heartthrob). Born and raised in Northern Michigan, he was weaned on early Prince and Kraftwerk vinyl that he foraged from his dad’s independent record shop. Then, as a teen, he discovered the Midwest rave scene, commuting to Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee to catch the pioneering minimal acid and techno of Richie Hawtin, Drop Bass Network, and Communique Records, among others. Now, he resides in techno mecca Berlin, releasing on influential labels like Hot Creations, Minus, and now, his own imprint Isnisnt.
One can’t really argue with the benefits of using digital means to create dance music. Between the seemingly endless array of options, the detailed level of control, and the relative ease of use that software offers, it’s hard to imagine most all of our electronic music today without the use of computers. Still, there is at least one thing computer music has a hard time replicating on its own—the warmth of analog, real-world sounds. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to strike a balance between the two, and New York production school Dubspot has some helpful tips to get budding producers headed in the right direction.
When programming drums on a track, emulating the feel and swing of a real drummer can be one of the hardest feats to accomplish. Still, there are a number of tools and tricks out there to help bring one’s work closer to that man-made swing, and London’s Point Blank music school has a few tips to offer to Ableton users.
Proceed with caution. Such is the sage advice that usually accompanies an update to Apple’s operating system. Now, with the company’s latest platform—OS X Mavericks—released last week, media makers across the board are asking themselves, “Should I update?” The truth is, there is no universal answer; it just depends on what you’re working with.
For many who dedicate much of their time to learning the crafts of both DJing and producing, one eventually ends up confronting a new challenge to taking his or her music further: How does one learn the craft of audio engineering? The audio engineer is responsible for recording audio (you know, setting up microphones, etc.), mixing tracks behind those giant analog boards, mastering records, and attacking the more objective ends of the audio process. As such, learning the art and science of audio engineering often requires a bit more traditional “studying” than simply exercising one’s creative impulses.
Vexed by dubstep? Hexed by house? Perplexed by techno? Bewildered by trance? Have no fear. How To is here to rescue you. In our ongoing series of fun, informative video tutorials, Exploring Influential Genres, presented by Berklee Music, we’ll take a look at the cornerstone production aesthetics that define popular genres in our ever-expanding dance music universe.
In the current dance-music climate, it has become increasingly essential for DJs to learn the craft of production, not only in order to help spread their name but also to ensure that their sets can stand out amongst the fray with uniquely handmade cuts and specially crafted edits.