Since starting with hardware electronic music in April 2016, I always had that problem that whenever I played, sooner or later I'd drift towards the melody, which moved the groove into a deep, funky, tech-housee style. I am a pianist, so playing on a piano keyboard never meant using keys as switches. It is a piano key, a hidden hammer system which sounds in so many different ways, depending on how you finger it. Most of all - it creates a well-known sound, with hundreds of references, which lead to ...melodies. Well, in my case, at least.
Finally, a week ago I started creating patches based on white noise, pink noise, square or saw-tooth waves bent and layered with different PCM sounds etc. Especially with the drum section on the JD-Xi - the keyboard is no longer a classic key-bed instrument, but a pad, full of black and white switches which trigger dark and crazy beep and blop sounds. Same with Minibrute - I changed it into an analog dark noise machine, with brute factor and resonance set high - squeeeeeeeeeeeekchrszzzzzshhhhhhh.... Finaly it worked. A D-minor piece started drifting into noisy and windy dark scenery.
Techno music has its traits - triolas, drum fills, noises, deep bass drive and multiple kick drums. Keeping the beats clear and simple is what matters. The more you focus on creating sophisticated rhythms, the more it drifts from techno to something else. Dark techno is, by it all means, a variation of ambient music - a repetitive, drone sound which changes, like in Steve Reich's Music for 18 musicians, ...every 300 tacts ;) The same beat goes on, but the accent, filter or timbre gradually changes. You shouldn't move around the knobs and keys too hastily. Give the instrument's sound its own life. Let it lead you to the trance..............
My musical muscles are growing almost every day. I try to practice very often, on average, it is 2h daily. If you work on regular basis and also you are not a lifeless nerd, then 2 hours is really a lot. Of course, if you are sincere. Practice does not mean just exercising some difficult part of the song, but rather taking your time developing a sound, taking chances in odd beats, making terrible mistakes, taking the pain of controlling numerous filters and sequencers- because failing is a nutrition for progress. There is one good quote for synthesizer many of the genres of electronic music creation process - "there are no mistakes, just happy little incidents". In this case, the incident does not have a pejorative sense. It is a step out which can lead you to a great trip. You decide.
I pretty much regret spending €55 on Korg Monotron Delay, as it has terrible audio sockets and it generates a ridiculous amount of noise when you hear it on the proper studio equipment. As I could not take any proper synthesizer with me on holidays, I took the smallish Monostron. Only a few days ago, I decided to try it out as a delay effect with my software & freeware android synths. The results are great - on one application I set an arpeggiator running, then I switch to another application to play chords & leads, then everything goes to the delay and it sounds really great. I imagine you could play a 30 minute ambient set with this two tools.
I played for around 5 hrs in the train, in a six person compartment, with all this stuff on my knees, as the picture shows it. I was wondering if someone might mistake all the cables and devices on my knees for some kind of bomb attack preparations... and no one asked me anything about it. Only one grunge kid shouted from the corridor while passing our compartment: "Hey man, that's a nice toy you have there". Toys'r'us.
I recently overheard a conversation at the bar in the club:
-- ...but isn't techno subgenre of EDM?
-- So you consider Juan Atkins' or Richie Hawtin's music to be a subgenre of music played by David Guetta or Avicii?
There is so much confusion on what EDM is and what it is not. Some f@&tard in US invented this tag to give a name to all "electronic dance music". Someone forgot that it is not one thing, not one sort. (It reminds me of British post-colonial ideas of dividing Africa with a ruler, not with brain). The whole electronic club scene in the world shares only two things - it is intended for dancing to and has a 4/4 tempo division. If we talk about genres, it is now a very different thing.
Modern club/dance revolution started in 80's with a "fast forwarded disco" played in housewares, soon abbreviated to - house music. Then, it went underground, when in Detroit the techno revolution started. Techno was a futuristic statement, an ideologised houseware music with added values. It was not meant to become a dance music.
At some point, big pop stars like Madonna, started implementing house music structures. This way the light motive hous'y music became super popular and the commercial appeal led it to go in the direction of mixture of house, techno and pop - strictly intended to make poeple dance, promoted with colorful drinks and bikinis on the beach. Meanwhile, deep in the underground, the non-commercial underground music started to become a loud minority. It got huge. People started gathering not in small clubs, but at large raves, soon after to plunge in the dark, stiff aired clubs. It had not much to do with colorful dance events of commercial dance music. And then someone said - ok, it's all EDM - music, to dance to. Disco, techno, doesn't matter.