Look at the list below and cross reference it with the club dance playlists given for this special focus style in previous blog posts here. Can you recognise each musical feature in the list? Are you aware of the equipment mentioned and how it has been used in the genre?
Roland Tr- 909, TR 808.
Roland TB-303 Bass synth, SH-101 Bass synth
Tempo? What are typical tempos in each sub genre, eg. House, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Big Beat?
Four on the Floor
Snares and claps
Open hi hats on 2 and 4
Breakdowns – dropping down to just hats or kick and building back with crescendo on cymbals or snare
Instrumentation and Musical Devices
Simple chord sequences or static harmony
Pads and strings
Piano and house organ riffs
Repeated vocal refrains