Welcome to the MUSIC THEORY FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC Guide - Part 5!
I like to think of this class as the "antidote for writers-block."
What we are going to do in this class is look closely at form and structure. That means we will be spending time diving into the whole track, and it looking at how it flows between sections, why it flows between sections, and how we can make that happen in our own tracks. So dust off some of those old sessions that you've been able to finish because this class is going to give you the tools you need to get those done.
If Your Music is Missing Something, This is Probably It.
If you are finding that you are writing track after track, and while they sound good, there is something they are missing - then this it. You are missing the sense of harmony that professional producers have. In this class, I'll arm you with all the tools you need to produce those tracks just like you imagine them.
Who should take this course?
Anyone interested in producing their own music. This will get you up and running and give your tracks a unique sound in no time.

This course consists of video lectures, which all contain a session in Ableton Live 10. If you are using a different program (or none at all), no worries! This isn't a class on how to use Ableton Live, and the concepts can be applied to any DAW.
Topics include:

  • Form
  • Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Break, Drop, etc.
  • Analysis Sections
  • Using Standard Forms
  • Binary Form
  • Ternary Form
  • Rondo Form
  • Theme and Variation
  • My Secret-Weapon Form (top secret!)
  • Techniques for Creating Variety
  • Density and Texture in Form
  • Melody and Phrases
  • The Science of Melody
  • Motive Alteration Techniques
  • ... And much more!!!

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Introduction
    • Tools You Will Need
    • How to Use This Class
  • The Cure for Writer’s Block
    • What is Form?
    • Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Break, Drop, Etc…
    • Using Letter Names
    • Analysis No. 1
    • Analysis Detail
    • Taking a Step Back
    • Analysis No. 2
    • Analysis Detail
    • Taking a Step Back
  • Standard Forms
    • Binary Form
    • Ternary Form
    • Rondo
    • Theme and Variation
    • Other Forms (My Secret Weapon…)
    • How To Use These In Your Tracks
  • Techniques for Creating Variety in Sections
    • What Makes Sections Sound Different?
    • Volume
    • Harmony
    • Density (Texture)
    • Instrumentation
    • Absence of Something
    • Applying these Techniques in your Music
    • Making New Sections in a Track
  • Melody Phrases
    • The Science of Melody
    • Defining a Phrase
    • Phrasing in Hey “John”
    • Finding Phrases
    • DOWNLOAD: Session
  • Motives
    • Definition of a Motive
    • Finding Motives
    • DOWNLOAD: Session
    • Motive Alterations
    • Motive Mode Change
    • Motive Transposition
    • Motive Inversion
    • Motive Augmentation and Diminution
    • Motive Extension and Truncation
    • Motive Fragmentation
    • Combining Transformational Techniques
  • Wrap Up
    • What Comes Next?
    • Thanks for Watching!

Course Information

Estimated Time: 2.5 Hours

Course Instructor

Jay Allen Author

J. Anthony Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. He currently is an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and is the CEO and co-founder of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.



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