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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 26, 2013

Gorgeous Beats from Philly’s NO SIR E,

If you had to choose between creating a set that was entirely programmed and having some freedom to make changes during your set, which one would you choose?  DJs who spend time planning out and testing new sets of music know that no matter how well they program their sets, there comes a time when you will simply have to improvise.  What commonly happens is that a DJ will have a good set of 3 or 4 songs, but by that 4th song the energy has gotten stale.  The crowd is not responding and the interest seems to be lost.  At this point a DJ will have to interrupt their set with something more creative and something more original.

Are producers capable of having the same sort of freedom?  In terms of what they are “able” to do, the producer actually has much more flexibility in choosing which sample …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 4, 2013

iPad Live Looping Slow Jam

There are producers of all types of music out there, and some of the genres that these musicians try to replicate are more popular than others.  The industry itself seems to create a bandwagon effect where one style of music goes on to become popular and even profitable, so naturally, producers spring up like weeds who want to replicate that style in hopes for cashing in on some of the money there is to be made.  With any sort of pop culture there is also the expected backlash against the popular trends; the counter culture where producer trying to deliberately go against the grain rather than with it.  Think of the glitch and ambient producers who have always been making music that was never profitable – they create it because they love it and not because there is a need for it in the industry.

Hip-hop music is hard to …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 8, 2013

“The Rectangle” MIDI Controller

Electronic music producers who perform on stage usually use a variety of different gear setups, depending on the venue.  Most of the time they find themselves traveling – so they have to be strategic when they decide what to bring, and what not to bring.  A mixer is the staple of any producer who performs on stage, and I can see it as being almost as important as their laptop with stored files.  They need to play music, but they also need a way to mix it from multiple sources.  Sure, this could all be done using the laptop but it isn’t as exciting as a physical mixer.

Some of these producers have been caught faking it, as in fiddling with a mixer that doesn’t even work.  While it may be a cheap move, they have only done this because the fans want to see something happening on stage.  …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 31, 2013

Build a Track from Scratch

Is it the technology that changes the way music is created?  Or is it ultimately the producer and DJs choice on how they decide to make use of new technology?  I believe that it is a little of both, but more so on the side of the producers who find new creative ways to use the technology.  In a sense they are able to abuse the technology rather than use it – because at face value the technology (specifically a DAW) can only offer you things that are simple and basic.  The instrument packs that come with any DAW like FL studio are overused and many don’t want to end up with the same sound as the guy next to them.

I think what has shifted the most is the setting in which music is produced; it used to be live musicians who had to perform one good take of …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 28, 2013

The Daft Punk Press Problem: Nostalgia for What?

There is a backlash happening with electronic music artists, and the revolution is actually happening from the top down.  People have been saying for years that the state of electronic music has become stale and repetitive – to some extent this is true.  We hear the one hit wonders on the radio, and the day after that there is a hit single with the same exact sound.  It gets old right?  Artist themselves are not the victims here either, many of them produce knowing full well that there are jocking another artist’s style with hopes that they’ll be recognized in the same lime light.  If there needs to be change, it really needs to happen from the inside, since the listeners are constantly fed what “they should be listening to” rather than what is original.

Daft Punk took a big risk by producing their latest album completely different from the …