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For Volume 15 we examine the science and practice of Techno, and in particular DrumCode Techno.

While to many Techno can appear a relatively simple genre its simplicity belies a far, far more complex production ethic. Designed mainly as a DJ’s tool for the dance floor it is also perhaps one of the more complex genres of modern dance music to produce.

Infusing multiple rhythms with a major emphasis on its rhythmical continuity and a relatively limited motivic development it instead relies on a fundamental knowledge of a number of very specific compositional and production techniques such as multi-measure programming and development, cross-processing, metrical dissonance and varying rhythmical cells.

Spread over 3 discs and running over 10 hours of tutorial video, we examine the production ethics of this genre in detail. Starting from a blank sequencer, we explain many of the techniques used in the genre as we build an example track using the techniques discussed.

With disc one we examine the importance of sound design and processing to produce the style of sounds for the genre, from sampling sounds and field recording through to the creation of kick drums, bass lines and leads with an emphasis on the compositional aspects including multi-measure patterning, syntactic ambiguity, modulation, harmonic cells and how to produce the “nervous” style bass popular in some Drumcode releases.

For disc 2, we develop on the the previous disc and move into the most popular form of construction for drum rhythms, working on building the percussive elements of music while examining the importance of micro-tuning and amplitude modulation alongside cross processing the leads, creating background swirls & vocals and the uses of displacement and compositional techniques.

Finally for disc 3 we examine how to arrange Techno using textural layering and development in order to keep the music fresh and interesting to the listeners.

I was waiting for the release and quickly purchased the DMP Vol 15: Techno when it came available. It was thoroughly enjoyable and fun to watch and I will definitely be watching it again. There are some hilarious laugh out loud moments with Rick, the presenter and all the reality's of making a track can be experienced such as system crashes and other frustrations. I would highly recommend this for new ideas and an insite into exactly how it's done.” - P.Dawson

 Runtime: 10 Hours 4 Minutes

 DVD Contents:

 Disc One

An introduction to the DVD
Session 01: Field Recording & Procesing: 25 minutes.
For the first session we examine the importance in field recording for the creation of unique sounds and show some of the ways they can be processed
Session 02: Creating The Kick:  32 minutes
Here we examine how to create a typical Techno kick, discussing hte principles of layering and synthesis along with effects.
Session 03: The Bass Part 1: 30 Minutes.
We begin by showing how some DrumCode Techno artists create their sampled style basslines
Session 04: The Bass Part 2: 31 minutes
For the second part we examine the creation of sub basses along with the creation of the "nervous" bass, popular in DrumCode
Session 05: The Lead Part 1: 32 minutes
In this session, we examine the theory of Techno leads by building a sampled style lead and introduce the importance of multi-measure patterning and Syntactic Ambiguity
Session 06: The Lead Part 2: 22 Minutes
We continue to examine lead creation and this time syntheszie a chorded lead.
Session 07: The Lead Part 3: 20 Minutes
For the final session on leads, we examine the application of effects and processing.
Session 08: Hocketing: 20 Minutes
We return to the bass and examine the theory behind hocketing basslines in Techno.

 Disc Two


Session 09: Percussion 1: 40 minutes.
The foundation of Techno lies with its percussion and for this session we examine how to approach it.
Session 10: Percussion 2:  45 minutes
We build on our initial percussion
Session 11: Percussion 3: 25 Minutes.
We build further percussion
Session 12: Percussion 4: 25 minutes
For this session, we finish building and composing the percussion for the track
Session 13: Vocal Swirl: 30 minutes
In this session, we examine the importance of the background repetition of vocals.
Session 14: Cross Processing: 35 Minutes
Here, we discuss the application of cross processing leads to permit prolongued listening periods.
Session 15: Direction: 40 Minutes
In this session, we examine how to create direction for the music to allow us to begin arranging the music.

 Disc Three


Session 16: Arranging Part 1:: 60 minutes.
Here, we examine how to arrange Techno and how to create textural development by beginning to arrange an example track 
Session 17: Arranging Part 2:  60 minutes
We continue to arrange the examle track
Session 18: Arranging Part 3: 45 Minutes.
We continue from the previous session, this time examining the complete arrangement of the music and examine the use of Mid/Side Processing.

I am not kissing arse here!..... THIS IS THE BEST TUTORIAL I HAVE EVER WATCHED!!!! #FACT. Everything I have ever watched (even the Genre related tutorials by,... ahem.. ahem.. other online schools) have never been so detailed! 1 thing I know I missed with not going college or university was direction! This tutorial Has direction! plus the options of this way or that ... Class! - D.Leers

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Established in 2003, DMP is an established studio and ghost production facility for international artists and DJ's, specialising online in tutorial videos. It is also home of the "Dance Music Manual", the critically acclaimed textbook on the production of electronic music published by Focal Press.



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