THE BUILD ‘N’ GAP
You know those excruciatingly long pauses when a competition winner is announced on television or radio? We all know that something big is coming, but the pause increases the tension. Music is no different – if we increase the tension during the build-up, but then cut it all off a bar or two before the drop, you can be pretty sure that you have 100% audience attention for the duration of that gap. A typical build-up section removes the bass from the track so you feel the impact when it kicks back in. With this method, you’re free to have a bit of bass in your build up, as the gap is the ultimate removal. You don’t even have to use complete silence: long reverb tails, trailing delays, or filtered sweeps are a great way of keeping things moving forward. Check out Psycatron’s She Is Music ( bit.ly/PsycSIM) to hear it in action.