Breaking Through Melody

Posted in techno by szachname on 13 October 2017

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..............