June 21, 2013


There is a good reason why there are many producers who make music on a laptop and few actual composers who spend their time writing out manuscript.  A DAW allows the producer to test something out and try things out before deciding on what the result should sound like.  The composer has the task of actually imagining what they want a piece to sound like before they can even put their pencil to the paper.  They don’t get the luxury of using samples to create music and they must have a deep understanding of music theory and how chords sound.  Some of the top house music producers have an understanding of music theory – and this makes their job easier.

House music tends to be upbeat, not in tempo but in attitude.  This is achieved through the proper use of chords and choosing the right kind of progression.  For the most part, minor chord progressions are used along with major scales to create anticipation during a build.  A minor scale on its own does not sound very happy or “pleasing” and this is used psychologically against the listener to create a release after the anticipation is built.  At a rudimentary level it is very scientific, but we only understand it as good music.