Songs To Listen To, or To Dance To

stub.jpgWhile driving yesterday in the car, and I had a compilation of concurrent Berlin techno music playing, my wife said that this kind of music was designed for partying and going out, but not for listening purposes.

It was just one opinion, but it might have some truth in it. A lot of electronic underground music produced today is really for the dance floor. Just the format of the intros an exit parts, with extended drum parts, are designed for DJs so they could easily mix in and out tracks.

Hmm. Actually I would prefer to compose for listening purposes, too, where dancing is one element. One way is to release multiple remixes of the same track, but in the long term that’s also a drag.

However, something that is more and more common with contemporary DJs is that they don’t really need the extended intros and exit parts. With CDJs, Ableton Live, Traktor, Torque et rest, it’s not so hard to set loop points and make your own intro and exit sections. It’s really for the vinyl and non-computer DJs where they need such parts. So in the long term there is really no need to make really extensive mixes.

So what I will actually do with my productions from now is to just make them more listening-centric, and not worry so much about the remixing live, as more and more DJs know how to do it, and I should not worry about that part. So I think this compromise from now will work out just fine with my production work.

One Comment:

  1. Having intro- and outroloops is not necessarily for synchro purposes only. It can make a mix very interesting if you have some extra length on the track.

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