June 17, 2013
Guitarists are a rather creative bunch, and I would dare say that some of them are more innovative than DJs. An electric guitar is really limited in terms of the sound it can produce, but guitarist have been tweaking them and hacking them to do things that are almost uncanny. Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist was one of the first to literally scratch using guitar strings, the misuse of guitars has become its own subset of musicianship. These days, there is an attempt to use digital implements along with their electric guitar. This is in contrast to the analog methods that guitarists have been using to record and loop their sound.
Instead of trying to loop audio, they have found ways to digitize their music in the form of MIDI, which offers them flexibility in recording as well as a way to add FX and others digital settings. The real …
November 14, 2012
You’ll probably meet many DJs and producers in your life who also have backgrounds playing other classical or traditional instruments. There’s no doubt that learning the fundamentals of music theory on any type of instrument have boosted your skills as a DJ or producer. Maybe you’ve played clarinet or perhaps a brass or horn instrument. Both of these instruments are formed from the same musical though goes into the production of any tonal instrument – with the differences coming down to things like timbre or color. All of these instruments, however, can be traced back to the piano.
When a working pianist gets behind a piano, he/she already understands concepts like counterpoint and melodic phrases. If you’re producing music from a controller, sometimes thinking like a pianist can help develop your skills in song creation. This is why the MIDI keyboard layout is so common, and thus useful. What about …