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Old 30-08-2017, 02:23 PM   #1
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Resources for learning the "Process/Analysis" of electronic music production?

Hi guys, As a beginner and aspiring electronic music producer, I was wondering if anyone might know any good books or learning materials that talks about the process of making a song?

Starting from the base idea, to coming up with the instruments/samples to use, the chords/bass, the melody, layering and the techniques involved in structuring everything into the final product.

Or perhaps something that teaches you how to properly dissect and analyze a song?

As someone new to music making, melody seems to be something that comes very naturally for me, as I can listen to a song or a beat and just start improvising melodies off it (I used to whistle along to songs since as young as I could remember, maybe that played a part) , but as an inexperienced music maker, I have a hard time with pretty much everything else.

That means, 1, coming up with the chords, chords progression, 2, thinking up all the instruments and songs to incorporate into the songs. 3, layering of all these instruments on top of each other.

Was just wondering if anyone might know of a good book, youtube video, or even paid content that have helped you in this department.

Or if you have any tips you would like to share, that would be wonderful as well!

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Old 31-08-2017, 01:57 PM   #2
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Re: Resources for learning the "Process/Analysis" of electronic music production?

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I know a music teacher, and something he gets his students to do is pick a song, and then make a new song that follows the same movement, like "Drums start here, bass starts here, bridge here" so on. They do that a few times, then make a track using different parts of what they learned. The new songs doesn't have to sound good, it just shows his students how to arrange a composition, and it seems to work really well for them.

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Old 31-08-2017, 03:26 PM   #3
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Re: Resources for learning the "Process/Analysis" of electronic music production?

Music Theory For Computer Musicians pretty much covers this, IIRC (it's been a while)

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Re: Resources for learning the "Process/Analysis" of electronic music production?

This was the book where a lot clicked for me and while I'd read a lot of the techniques before, it made it all click.

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Probably a bit dated with regards to it's reference points and while the stuff it talks about is universal you might not get the same revelations if you don't like house or techno.

I'm tempted to pick up this which appears to be Attack modernising it somewhat, I'm not sure how much is carried over. Attack is a great site though, so I'm sure it will be of quality and worth having a look at their tutorials anyway.

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Re: Resources for learning the "Process/Analysis" of electronic music production?

I have personally never found need to read models about music, rather what I've done is listen to stuff that I like and imitate. Or try out stuff myself and decide what I like and what I don't. What I then end up with is the stuff that I liked.

I don't think it's necessary to even understand much music theory in order to make music. The theory can be used to assist that process (and it can be recalled anytime one needs it, so no need to memorize), but it doesn't tell "how to write good music / how to write music that I like". And there are several if not an infinite amount of models for "good music".

The most important thing should, I think, be to develop a musical ear (so that you know what sounds "musical") and also develop your taste (so that you know things that you like and things that you don't like, these will guide your production decisions).

Another thing that helps making music is to understand the "palette" of your instruments, effects and other gear thoroughly. The palette will determine "what kind of textures, movements etc. do you have at your disposal". It can be compared to how an instrument player (e.g. a guitarist) understands, what kind of tones and textures and even rhythms can he attain from his guitar rig.

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Re: Resources for learning the "Process/Analysis" of electronic music production?

My last tip is if you're wondering ho to make a certain bass sound, try a lowpassed square wave.

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Re: Resources for learning the "Process/Analysis" of electronic music production?

These are some things that have helped me with theory along my way.
I've stuck to Mostly books, most could have costs associated with them.

Ravenspiral Guide to Music Theory

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And all of the comments above. And probably all the comments below.

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