Passing Notes

Further Chords

Dance music theory expert Oliver Curry demonstrates how to break away from basic chords and create more complex harmonic structures. Way back in the very first instalment of Passing Notes we looked…

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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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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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DAW & Drum Machine Swing

Swing functions were first introduced to drum machines 34 years ago, but the concept still causes confusion. In this extended instalment of Passing Notes we explain what the swing setting…

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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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Contrary Motion

Rachmaninov meets Burial in our music theory…

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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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