What is the DJ trying to do?
September 28, 2013 2:24 PM Subscribe
Help me understand electronic music!
posted by vogon_poet to media & arts (9 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
When I say "electronic music", I'm not just talking about anything made with synthesizers, but I guess primarily what people maybe call "EDM"? It tends to be more repetitive, focuses more on rhythm than melody, frequently samples, and is often played in DJ sets. I'm deliberately being as broad as possible, but you know what I mean.
There's some music that is essentially rock with synthesizers, and I can make basic sense of that -- verse/chorus/verse, key changes, harmonies, etc. But I don't have any of this basic vocabulary for electronic music.
Where can I find it? How are these songs structured? What are some musical conventions/tropes, and where do they come from (and what do they have to do with the crazy array of tiny subgenres)? Also, what do DJs try to do, and how do they talk about it? What is the difference between a good and bad DJ? (Likewise for producers.)
Books, articles and websites are all great. If you feel like just writing down what you personally know, that's great too. Super bonus points for tracks that demonstrate important ideas. Thank you!