Ambient House FX

Ambient House FX

INTRODUCTION House is an increasingly popular style of electronic music, especially Minimalist House. It is usually built upon a “4 on the floor” kick pattern and features a lot of effect-heavy ambient sounds. I like to call these “Ambient FX”. You have probably heard...
Composing in 7/8

Composing in 7/8

INTRODUCTION The majority of popular music is in 4/4 time and does not modulate time signature. This means that most of the rhythmic ideas repeat or “turn around” (cadence) in some multiple/factor of 4 – so, a grid system made of up segments that are 4 beats...
Hemiola in Electronic Music

Hemiola in Electronic Music

INTRODUCTION A Hemiola is a rhythmic arrangement where one voice imposes a meter (time signature) over a voice that is playing in a different meter by accenting certain notes. There are many popular adaptations and arrangements of Hemiola that vary in complexity. They...
Skrillex Badman Lead

Skrillex Badman Lead

The world of EDM seems to be spiraling into a vortex of growling basses and screechy leads. And, although you should look for ways to diversify and find your own voice, it’s helpful to understand how some of these popular sounds are created. In this article, I’ll be...