LJ already gave you a lick or two, and I never read his post, so if I repeat anything... just ignore it.
At 2/16/07 03:43 PM, DragonsGrief wrote:
So I've been listening to trance from random and various artists for several years now.
But I still can't grasp the simple essential concept of the elements of trance.
Trance is painfully simple, but it can cause some bad habits in music creation :(
I can vaguely assume that trance is supposedly 3/4 step, from what I'm hearing.
Nope, 4/4. If you could successfully write a trance song in 3/4 though, you'd be doing a great job.
To me, it seems all random, hi hat rushes at random times, mostly just simple arps in a repeated sequence is all I can definately pick out.
Its not random times, I can assure you. Instead of simply listening to the sounds, listen to the arrangment. When a beat breaks in, its generally 2 or 4 bars ahead of the upcoming 8 or 16 bar verse. Break downs are all timed, and those hi hat rushes add a lot of "backround noise", which is almost nearly essential in trance music. Trance/dance are such empty genres, that we have to rely on random percussion sounds to reinforce melodies and make the song sound more than just a bassline and a melody...
So, how should I go about with the unspoken given essentials needed for a simple trance song?
You said you've been listening to it for a good several years, so you must have a good feel for how many artists choose to arrange their songs and program their synths. Heres my piece of advice: don't follow them. If you like a sound they have, screw around with what you think it is. You'll; most likely, come up with something completely different and unique. If you do this with all your synths/samples, you've got yourself a piece of YOUR trance, and not some other producer that creates cliche shit.
Drum and Bass. Really simple, able to make a song with only a drumkit and a bass layer.
But I still can't get it. asdfgh.
160-200 BPM. Again, the genre is empty, so go ahead and add some hi-ended cymbals and misc. percussion to fill that space. Melodies are scarce in DnB... high synths and everything else like that (like say, some cool glockenspiel sounds) are just there to add background noise. Focus on the drums and the bass, everything else should be secondary.
A challenge for most people is the drums. The snare should be a thick 500 Hz with hi ends so you don't just get a "thud", and the bass drum should be so painfully low it'll rattle your chest. 30 Hz-100 Hz.
I probably didn't help you at all.