THE BUILD ‘N’ GAP

Computer Music - - The Drop -

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.

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