Passing Notes

Bored of 4/4: Other Time Signatures In Dance Music

In our latest Passing Notes article, dance music theory expert Oliver Curry explains why it's OK for producers to break away from the conventional 4/4 time signature now and again. The…

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Further Chords

Dance music theory expert Oliver Curry demonstrates…

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Counterpoint

Oliver Curry explains the theory of counterpoint, with help from JS Bach, Steve Reich, The Orb, Lorn and children's nursery rhymes. Counterpoint refers to the relationship between two or more…

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DAW & Drum Machine Swing

Swing functions were first introduced to drum…

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Lessons From Disco

Dance music theory expert Oliver Curry examines…

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Syncopation

Attack's resident dance music theory expert Oliver Curry explains how emphasising off beats can change the feel of a groove. In this edition of Passing Notes, we’re looking at syncopation…

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Sampled Chords

Our resident music theory expert Oliver Curry explains how sampling chords can add timbral complexity, distinctive harmonic character and a healthy pinch of old-school flavour to your tracks.

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Polyrhythms

Polyrhythms in dance music are an amazingly…

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Ostinatos and Acid Riffs

We examine Mr Fingers' 'Can You Feel…

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Main Room Chord Progressions

Dance music theory expert Oliver Curry explains some of the principles behind big room chord progressions.

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Understanding Modes

With a little help from Todd Terje and Kryptic Minds, we explain how modes can be used in dance music.

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Contrary Motion

Rachmaninov meets Burial in our music theory…

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Disco House Basslines

Our music theory expert demonstrates a couple…

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