Analysis To Step-by-Step Guide

1.1       Structure

The AOs were analysed to better understand their structure and the similarities between them.

AO1 Dada Life – Happy Violence:

AO2 Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone

AO3 Fedde Le Grand – Put Your Hands Up For Detroit:

AO4 Deadmau5 – Ghosts N Stuff:

AO5 Bodyrox – Yeah Yeah:

Although these tracks do not employ the exact same developmental structure, when the structures of all the AOs are closely examined, many similarities can be drawn.

  • All of the AO develop in bars of 8 or 16 – a new layer is either added or subtracted every 8 or 16 bars. Changes to the structure of the AOs also occurred on the same bars as each other (17, 25, 33 etc).
  • They all have between 1-3 chorus breaks. All of the AOs have a chorus break just after half way through the track with 3 of them having a smaller chorus break a quarter of the way into the track.

A table of structural development was formulated by analysing the structures of the AOs and identifying the changes of the layers in bars.

This table was used to produce the structural template of the step-by-step guide (see below).

1.2       Tempo & Key

AO1 Dada Life – Happy Violence:AO2 Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone:

AO3 Fedde Le Grand – Put Your Hands Up For Detroit:

AO4 Deadmau5 – Ghosts N Stuff:

AO5 Bodyrox – Yeah Yeah:

Clear similarities between the AOs indicate that the most tempo used in popular EDM tracks is between 126 and 128 bpm, with the majority implementing a 128 bpm. Thus the step-by-step guide will ask the user to choose a tempo between 126 and 128 bpm.

1.3          Rhythm

Rhythm: Drums

AO1 Dada Life – Happy Violence:

Drum Pattern 1

Drum Pattern 2

AO2 Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone:

Drum Pattern 1

AO3 Fedde Le Grand – Put Your Hands Up For Detroit:

Drum Pattern 1

Drum Pattern 2

AO4 Deadmau5 – Ghosts N Stuff:

Drum Pattern 1

Drum Pattern 2

Drum Pattern 3

AO5 Bodyrox – Yeah Yeah:

Drum Pattern 1

Drum Pattern 2

The similarities between the drum patterns are obvious, using the same basic pattern described by Eric E in the  Pump Up The Volume Documentary. They all incorporate the same basic 4/4 kick drum, 2/4 Snare / Clap and off-beat high-hat with some small variations. All of the AOs apart from I’m Not Alone had two drum patterns, the first basic pattern and the second pattern which included a new layer (instrument). This new layer in the second drum pattern creates a sense of progression. All AOs pertained to these rules;

Kick must play on the beat, clap on the 2ndand fourth beat and the high-hat on the off-beats

Kick and clap are always present, but the off-beat instrument can have variation.

This was implemented into the step-by-step guide by giving the user a selection of drum patterns to choose from, thus giving them some creative control. It was thought that the user’s ability to choose from a selection of patterns act as the creative input necessary for producing original music, however still restricting it to the confines of the genre.
Rhythm:Melody / Chords

Initially the rhythmic patterns of the melodic patterns were analysed by studying the correlation between the note playing on the beat and off the beat. This was the results of the analysis;

AO1 Dada Life – Happy Violence:

AO2 Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone: 
AO3 Fedde Le Grand – Put Your Hands Up For Detroit:
AO4 Deadmau5 – Ghosts N Stuff:

These data show that the;

§  1st note is always on the beat

§  7th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 16th note always off the beat

Please see images which showcase the entire analysis.

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