Digital Music

Digital Music

Electronic Music Artist

Posted on September 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

Being an electronic music artist used to place one firmly in the Avant-garde, but nowadays more people are making electric music than ever before. From DJs to synthesizer geeks, Midi composers to indie rockers, playing electronic digital music is for all sorts of different people. The question is, is it for you?

I never really considered myself an electronic music artist until recently. I was just sort of an experimental musician. Some of the things that I messed with were electronic instruments, but I also used a lot of acoustic stuff. I was as likely to pick up a guitar as a keyboard, an accordion as a theremin. Still, as I progressed, I got more and more interested in digital music processing. You see, nowadays it is much easier to make interesting electric effects by simulating them than by actually recording them in the field. Electronic instruments have gotten so good and so sophisticated that you can get pretty much any sound you want out of one. Of course, it isn’t quite that simple. It requires quite a bit of know-how and programming savvy in some cases. Even so, most experimental musicians – if they stick with it for long enough – end up as electronic music artists.

Of course, the electronic music artist scene is much different depending on what part of it you are in. If you’re an indie musician, the target audience is usually hipsters in their late teens through late 30s. If you’re a DJ, you can play for pretty much anyone. Club music is in, and there are gigs anywhere from weddings to raves. If you are a more experimental musician, however, you really have to make a niche for yourself. Not every city has an electronic music artist scene and the ones that do are often sort of insular. By networking and getting to know people within your scene, you can make a living and start to meet with some commercial success.

Like any musician, an electronic music artist has to get his music heard in order to succeed. In some ways, this is easier for electronic musicians. Because a lot of your music is digitally produced, people don’t necessarily have to hear you live to get a feel for what you sound like. Your live shows will be much closer to your recordings than with other musicians. This has both its advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, you never hear about electronic music artists who are only good live. Most electronic musicians learn to put together a good recording. On the other hand, this makes it harder to make an impression on people during a live show. You have to do something really spectacular to make the right impression on people.

The Basics of Electronic Music Production

Posted on September 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

In its simplest form, music production is the process by which music is created. Usually this process is broken down into recording, mixing and mastering, which are completed in that order. Each one of these tasks is crucial to the listenability of a song, and each should be done with the utmost care.

Since electronic music originated from the small time artist fiddling with various synthesizers and hardware equipment, most electronic music producers today do all or most of the processes described above themselves. This is in part due to the historic ties of the practices, but also since many producers own all the equipment and software necessary to do all three parts, they are willing to save the money on production costs and not outsource the job to a designated professional. This is unlike a traditional band or artist who only possess their talent, and cannot do all three parts, thus requiring them to hire a studio.

In the world of electronic music, virtually every artist uses a DAW, or digital audio workspace. A list of several popular DAWs can be found here. There are very few artists remaining who do all aspects of production exclusively with hardware. Typically inside your DAW, there will several stock synthesizers, effects, and production tools, but virtually every DAW these days allows plugins to be added.

The first step in the journey into electronic music production is to purchase a digital audio workspace. Most DAWs on the market will supply you with ample tools to complete all stages of production.

YouTube is an excellent resource for electronic music production basics. I cannot stress enough how import it is to understand at the very least the fundamentals of your software before attempting large scale song composition. I have seen far too many aspiring producers quit just days after purchasing their Digital Audio Workspace simply because they did not understand its various kinks, or could not quickly find the tools they found to be necessary. YouTube is an excellent place to learn your DAW quickly, as there exist a wealth of tutorials. It may be helpful to set up a second screen while you learn your software so you can complete the tasks side by side the Youtuber.

You may ask why learn a basic analog synthesizer as opposed to a digital one. Well the vast majority of synthesizers on the market now are based almost entirely off of the original analog concept of a synthesizer. This article here explains the basic way in which an analog synthesizer functions. Understanding this will put you light years ahead on understanding more complicated software synthesizers such as Camel Audio’s Alchemy (Which has tragically been liquidated).

While learning your plugins is not as important as understanding the functionality of a basic synthesizer or your DAW, it is very important to be able to achieve passable results from a small number of plugins before purchasing other, more complicated ones. Understand the basics of a compressor is vital before moving onto more niche plugins, like Native Instruments Supercharger, since if you do not understand what you are doing with a plugin, it is very likely that you will not be able to fix subtle problems in your mix or master when they arise. These problems can come from electronic music production mistakes such as a too short of attack time on a compressor, or over limiting a mix. These are some of the basics that go into understanding the fundementals and basics of electronic music production today.

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Ever Wonder About Your Favorite Electronic Music Genre?

Posted on August 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

Hello all readers of this article! I bid you welcome into the fascinating world of electronic music! Have you ever heard a genre of electronic music and thought “wow, I really like this and want to know more!”?

I feel the same way. Many times I’ve heard songs and wanted to know more about the origin or history, it’s roots and technical info.

There are most likely more genres of electronic music than you can imagine! House Music, Techno, Trance, D&B, Electronica, Hardcore, Disco and several others. And I’m just listing the major genres, which typically have several smaller genres, also called sub-genres.

In this article, I’m going to talk about some of the neat and interesting facts about some of the most popular genres out there. How about we start off with my favorite genre: Trance!

Trance is one of the most melodic and upbeat genres out there. It can make you feel euphoric and just plain happy. But depending on the artist’s desire, it can also make you sad, and perhaps even turn the philosopher’s side of your mind on! Trance is a very powerful genre and can have many effects on the mind.

Did you know, when Trance first came out, it was actually used to put people into a state of trance? Music like this however is no longer being produced. It originated out of Germany during the early 1990s. That’s where the first trance sounds could be heard.

Another one of my favorite genres is House music! Now, you’ve all heard of disco, right? Well, house derived from that, or in another way, it evolved from it. House music has many of the same qualities as disco music, keeping the 4/4 pattern, many of the same basslines and its danceable groove.

House came into being during the early 1980s; right after disco went under due to the “Disco Demolition Night” in the United States at the end of the 1970s. The mayor of Chicago name August 10th 2005 “House Unity Day” in memorization of the first house record label created 21 years before this date.

Do you know a genre that can really kick your socks off? That’s right, Hardcore! Hardcore music can come in several different shape and sounds, but one thing they all have in common in the fast, energetic feel to them. Most genres of hardcore music have a tempo of 160-180 beats per minute, making this the fastest major genre around.

One of the more interesting aspects of this music is that, with the amount of sub-genres hardcore has; it can really take on a lot of different forms. Happy Hardcore for example is fast and heavy, but gives a feeling of happiness and warmth. Darkcore on the other hand is the complete opposite, when it comes to the feeling of the music, giving off an angry, dark atmosphere.

Okay, I’m going to very gently kick this article to a finish with the genre, Ambient. Ambient is like no other genre of electronic music. It’s one that is quite interesting, to say the least. In this genre, the producers seek atmosphere, not dance-quality. For this reason, most forms of Ambient will have nearly no form or structure, no steady pattern or percussion.

Field recordings are also an interesting and usually necessary part of Ambient. It’s where producers go outside to a place they want to capture the essence of, and record the nature, and all of its sounds. This is one of the earliest genres of electronic music, having been created during the early parts of the 1970s in the United Kingdom.

Well, there you have it, just a few genres of electronic music. Have you learned anything new? Perhaps your favorite genre wasn’t in this small article? Well, make sure to check the resource box for all of this information and more! In closing, I would like to say thank you for taking the time to read this post. Have a beautiful, music-filled day!

All the best,

Tyler

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