When producing a track, we've all experienced that point when you can't get any further and need some extra inspiration. Electronic Music Composition Pt1 (EMC1) will help you overcome this obstacle by introducing basic music theory in an easy to understand way without getting bogged down in scales and theory. This will help you develop the musical aspects of your tracks.
We analyze and demonstrate how classic and cutting edge tunes are put together musically to clearly show you the techniques they use so you can implement them in your own tracks. You'll find EMC both engaging and inspiring, just what making music should be. It's developed by virtuoso keyboardist Ski Oakenfull (solo artist signed to Sony and remixer/producer/writer/player for artists including Incognito, Joey Negro and The Bays.
The course contains new presentation techniques that enable you to see exactly what's being played on the keys and what's happening in the software/DAW. You will be able to use these ideas and techniques in your own productions to get that musical buzz you're missing.
Let's get started!
In this video Ski looks at the track by Redlight called 'Get Out My Head ' to illustrate the terms we have covered on the previous page.. Don't worry too much about the notes he's playing, as we'll be going into more detail as the course progresses. We hope this will give you a feel for the format of the videos and help explain the terms more clearly.
Let's check to see if you can remember the notes and intervals we talked about on the last page.
In this video Ski goes through some tracks in his iTunes library and searches for the Tonic (Tonal Centre) in each one using either a Piano or String sound.
These are the tracks:
Download the Ableton & Logic projects here
Let's see if you got found the correct key signatures
In this video Ski uses a track by Mark E entitled 'Call Me (Dixon Edit)' to demonstrate the scale of C Major
In this video Ski uses the classic track 'Knights Of The Jaguar' by DJ Rolando to demonstrate the scale of D Minor
Please download and unzip the Logic and Ableton scale practice projects below
Note for the Ableton Version:
Inside the project folder you will see 2 versions of the .als file, one for Live 8 and one for Live 9. The Live 9 version uses the Grand Piano patch from the Core Library. For Live 8 version, we have included the Piano samples in case you don't have them. You can drag these into the Samples folder in your library if necessary.
Attention PC users!
Please make sure you have Quicktime installed in order to play the mov file associated with this project. You can download it here:
Check out how the D minor Pentatonic scale works over both a
This is the sound of the blues and can give your tracks a real jazzy flavour. It's also a great starting point for soloing and riffing.
In this video Ski uses the same track 'Knights Of The Jaguar' by DJ Rolando to demonstrate a Minor Triad. He also introduces the concept of Inversions which we will look at in more detail later in the course.
Please download and unzip the Logic & Ableton projects featured in the following videos
In this video Ski shows you how to slow down Deadmau5's 'Some Chords' track in Ableton using Warping to make it easier to work out the chords. Most of the content of this video can be applied to any DAW, so please watch it even if you are using Logic. We will show you how to slow down the same track in Logic using Flextime in the following video.
Following on from the previous video, Ski shows you how to use Logic's Flextime to slow down the audio, making it easier to hear the chords.
For those of you on Logic Pro X, here is a video from Point Blank's Logic 1 Production course showing you how to use FlexTime.
Below you will find the Ableton & Logic projects featured in the following videos. Please download and unzip.
Underneath these are links to the arpeggio track examples.
In this video Ski shows you how to use the Arpeggiator device in Ableton to play notes of a held chord in a rhythmic sequence. He uses the classic track by Donna Summer entitled 'I Feel Love' to demonstrate how the technique can be applied to a track.
In this video Ski shows you how to use the Arpeggiator device in Logic to play notes of a held chord in a rhythmic sequence. The classic track by Donna Summer entitled 'I Feel Love' is used to demonstrate how the technique can be applied to a track. Please see the previous Ableton video for a more detailed look at the chords.
The Logic X update introduced a dedicated Arpeggiator midi device, and the following video provides a brief introduction. This is covered in more detail in the Point Blank Logic 1 module.
Below you will find links to the track examples mentioned on this page
Drawing on the knowledge of Scales & Chords, Ski demonstrates how to play an Arpeggiated riff over a backing track he has written.
We've covered a lot of the basic theory... can you remember any of it?
Please download and unzip the Logic & Ableton projects required for this exercise below.
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