For Volume 18, we examine Tech House.
Combining both House and Techno, Tech House can be described as featuring hard/deep basslines and hypnotic beats mixed with the harmonies, melodies or vocal attributes of house music. Spread across 3 DVD's we believe this to be our most comprehensive tutorial to date. Using numerous examples, we examine the production of this genre step by step with a focus on the Tech House style signed to labels such as Toolroom Trax, Suara and Deeperfect.
Disc one of our release is dedicated to the drums and bass. Throughout the sessions on this disc we examine importance of sound design and rhythm in order to produce the hypnotic groove that Tech house relies upon. We cover drum synthesis, levelling, layering, duplication, sampling layering and slicing, along with various rhythmical techniques used in the genre such as dissonance, rhythmical cells, development, modulation and over percussion. We then move onto the bass, beginning with the music theory behind the creation of bass melodies and measure patterning to produce the hypnotic rhythm before moving onto synthesis, sampling and the processing options for bass in the genre.
For disc 2, we move onto the melodic elements of Tech House, beginning with some basic music theory and counterpoint we show how to create simple house style harmonies and melodies before moving onto to the various synthesis and sampling methodologies. Finally for this disc we examine vocals, from sampling vocal shouts, swirls and displacement, through looping and manipulation techniques to suit the genre.
For the final disc, we then examine the multitude of arrangement techniques used in the genre, alongside various automated processing options, recapitulation, contour, textural layering and development to help create a complete, interesting arrangement out of only limited elements.