Group photo on the Grand Montets Ridge

Background

I have been playing music for around 15 years (mostly the guitar, and a bit of piano in later years), but have consistently disregarded the majority of electronic music due to it requiring “no musical talent”, and that it is “easy to make”. I would now have to amend that statement to “easy to make noises that sound about right - very difficult to create a coherent, mature piece of music”.

Everybody reading this will have at some point experienced the late-night procrastination YouTube binge, bounding from one meaningless video to the next. Well a few days ago, I was doing exactly this, and watching a video of Deadmau5 reviewing music on his Twitch channel. About 3 minutes in to the video something odd struck me. I was really enjoying the music. This caught me off-guard.

This Blog Series

As I began delving into the creation of electronic music, I decided why not write about it? If only I read it, then it can act as a diary, with lots of my ideas and snippets of music to enjoy replaying, and if it can help a few others get into the style, or help with some production tips, then great!

My Setup

When you look around the internet at the various amateur electronic producers/composers, you could easily rack up a shopping list of £10,000+ worth of kit (Native Instruments/Massive/Midi Keyboard/Serum/Logic/Ableton/FL Studio etc.), thinking its necessary to create good music, and at the very least a few hundred with a decent midi keyboard and a piece of recording software. I knew I have a tendency to get a short burst of enthusiasm for these things, then move on, so I decided I wasn’t going to spend any money, just create the best I could with free/trial software, and if it sticks, think about starting to build up a small home studio.

Recording

I use Reaper to record, with a free trial (and unlimited use if you click “x” on the license window that pops up). I have been using Reaper for a couple of years, but never really scratched the surface on what was possible.

VST’s

  • TAL Basslines
  • TAL Noisemaker
  • Ambience
  • Dexed
  • Drum Pro
  • SL 3 Drums
  • ReaSample O Matic 5000

### Samples

  • EDM drum loops
  • Sonic Sample pack

The Music

You can rename the current file by clicking the file name in the navigation bar or by clicking the Rename button in the file explorer.

Hopkins

Deadmau5

You can delete the current file by clicking the Remove button in the file explorer. The file will be moved into the Trash folder and automatically deleted after 7 days of inactivity.

Bros

Motif

Dance

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Cheap Thrills

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