Suggestion needed for the right method to compose a track


I am learning to make music with Ableton.

I do not have much experience, but I have many ideas.

I did a couple of things from Session View, to learn how to use Ableton, creating some clips which I am now supposed to arrange in a song.
All ok, considering my limited knowledge. And at least I had the impression to be using a method.
But yesterday I had a completely different experience.
I started to play a simple melody with a VST, with the intention of making a clip to use it for a techno song.
But then I left the last note with decay at max and I started playing around on it with the cutoff, resonance, and mod wheel.
Occasionally I changed note or played a very simple melody, while continuing with the filters and also with the arpeggiator of my midi keyboard.
I was in a sort of trance and I forgot about method, structure, etc.
I was just playing, as if I was playing live.
The result is nice, a long track, from which I would probably cut some parts but overall nice. I am pretty sure I can make of it a nice electronic music composition, adding other thing, refining it a bit. But I am not sure how simple would be to make out of such a long solid track something danceable on a club.
So I am wandering, what would be a good method to compose a song which can be actually used to dance on a club?



Ser_Yo 5 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Near Earth Object
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    The good thing about making music with software is, that there simply is no right or wrong method.
    Personally, I use many dofferent ways to create tracks.
    Sometimes i will make different loops in session view, and record the whole build up in arrangement. ( sort of a live jam)
    Other times I build a whole track in arrangement just by editing parts of audio, without even using the session view.

    The only thing you have to keep in mind when making a track for the club is that it has a certain structure.
    Try to think like a dj; have some sort of intro or basic build up.
    Same thing goes for the end part: try to keep these parts less busy, so it is easier to mix in a dj set.

    Another very good way to learn is using music from artists you like.
    Load a track you like into an audio track, and try to break it down into its different parts. Then, try to use the same structure on your own track.
    See where the breaks are, how long all the different sections are (16 bars, 32 bars, whatever) and try to use this in your own music.

    The rest is totally up to you ;-)
    Like i said, there simply is no 'right' or 'wrong' way of making your music. In fact, doing stuff 'wrong' can sometimes get results you would have never had if you think about it too much.

    Hope this helps!


    4 years ago | 0 comments

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