Musical Characteristics of Club Dance – a revision exercise

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?

Equipment

Roland Tr- 909, TR 808.

Roland TB-303 Bass synth, SH-101 Bass synth

Akai Samplers

Beats

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

Percussion loops

Breakdowns – dropping down to just hats or kick and building back with crescendo on cymbals or snare

Breakbeats

Effects

Reverb

Delay

Filters

Instrumentation and Musical Devices

Simple chord sequences or static harmony

Synth bass

Pads and strings

Piano and house organ riffs

Vocal samples

Vocal effects

Repeated vocal refrains

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