Continuing our best selling series on the Fundamental production techniques for dance producers comes volume 6: Dance Music – Song Structure and Arranging. We’ve all been there. You have a killer 8 or 16 bars but building an entire track from them isn’t as easy as it first appears… We’ve all been there. You have a killer 8 or 16 bars but building an entire track from them isn’t as easy as it first appears… For Fundamental 6 we examine the theory and practice behind arranging dance music. Beginning with an examination of the theory behind phrasing and response, we move on to discuss sonata form, energy, development, recapitulation, motion, contour and anticipation. Using an example track constructed from 16 bars, we use the previously discussed theory and over numerous sessions walk through how to create a complete club arrangement using these techniques whilst also discussing techniques such as syncopation, meter, poly-meter, hyperbeats, hypermeter and hemiola to create interesting patterns and loops from limited instruments.
Finally, we examine builds and drops, discussing the theory and practice of synthesis programming for the creation of risers, sweeps and falls before finally taking a look at how to create an arrangement for the radio. In the final session, we quickly discuss how to create a typical radio arrangement. This is a dual DVD release (over 7hr runtime) and the download version is approximately 1.7Gb.