If you want to get to more music like that one great track you just found, don’t go looking under styles like ‘trance psy house’ op ‘deep progressive house’. That is too vague. Go look for the label of that track and listen to the other music and DJs they have. In a world where there are millions of DJs and hundreds of millions of tracks the Label is the answer in your search.
I was recently having a business conversation when we suddenly both realized we were ‘into’ dance. The guy appeared to be DJ Alexio, and pointed me to the famous Martin Boer. My bold response: “I am sorry for Martin Boer but I do not know him”. Alexio: “Everybody knows Martin Boer!”. “Well, I am sorry, but not me”, I said full of confidence. Alexio did not say a word again, started his laptop and played ‘Dreams‘ of 2 Brother on the 4th Floor. I then had to admit: “I stand corrected!”.
Each dance song was written in a certain key. Any song. By moving each consecutive song in your ‘set’ around the wheel of ‘camelot’, the total experience will sound better, according to musical theory. You can go forward and backward, and inward and outward. But not at the same time.
The dance movement (or effect) is so strong, people want to listen to the hypnotic and addictive beats and rhythms all day, all night.
And now we get served exactly our version out of the 100 or more versions and styles. More and more radio stations are tuning in to this need.
I just had to post this song as it immediately captivated me once I heard it: Ski from Reinier Zonneveld and Sharam. Wonderful use of chorus.
Tunes and melodies that were great in their original shape are still great in the new EDM-way. Recognize this real classic?
Let’s be honest about it: in the end EDM is about being “free”. That zone of the mind sometimes refered to as ecstatis. Or loss of ego, zen, enlightenment, flow or… And this book wraps it all together: Stealing Fire (from the gods, as was done by Prometheus).
Once you see it… you see it. Hypnosis is all around us. Everywhere. Don’t think hypnosis is real?
Where do I see hypnosis? In advertising obviously. In the church! (both christian and muslim and buddhist) And in music. Especially in dance festivals. Here is a quick checklist for you:
- repeating rhythms with slight changes
- flashing and rotating lights in a unsynchronized/destabilizing mode
- mind opening physical postures: “raise your hands up in the air”
- mass synchronized movements
- adoration of a central person (DJ)
Obviously many titles in the dance scene refer to this phenomenon, and a whole genre is named after it: trance. But once you see it… intriguing.
Arpeggio is a key musical trick for a DJ to create live dance music. Simply put, the kit/synthesizer will play the separate notes of a chord in a rhythm and sequence to your liking, nicely, without missing a beat. A nice set of examples can be found here.
My first encounter with arpeggio was with Jean Michel Jarre in his beautiful ‘Arppegiator’ from the Concerts in China. But it is as old as Bach.