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No Strings Attached: Resampling Custom String Samples

Sampling strings from existing records is a staple technique in dance production, but it has its downsides. Creating your own…

Legato Synths: Glide, Slide & Portamento

Legato playing styles allow for smooth, seamless transitions between notes. Dave Clews explores how they can be used in your…

Further Chords

Dance music theory expert Oliver Curry demonstrates how to break away from basic chords and create more complex harmonic structures…

DAW & Drum Machine Swing

Swing functions were first introduced to drum machines 34 years ago, but the concept still causes confusion. In this extended…

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…

Counterpoint

Oliver Curry explains the theory of counterpoint, with help from JS Bach, Steve Reich, The Orb, Lorn and children’s…

Lessons From Disco

Dance music theory expert Oliver Curry examines how classic disco uses chord inversions and careful placement of instruments to great…

Polyrhythms

Polyrhythms in dance music are an amazingly simple way of adding complexity to your tracks. Dance music theory expert Oliver…

Syncopation

Attack’s resident dance music theory expert Oliver Curry explains how emphasising off beats can change the feel of a…

Sampled Chords

Our resident music theory expert Oliver Curry explains how sampling chords can add timbral complexity, distinctive harmonic character and a…

Ostinatos and Acid Riffs

In the latest instalment of our dance music theory column, we take a look at how repeating melodies can be…

Contrary Motion

In this week’s Passing Notes we look at a simple but powerful technique that can inject emotion and movement…

Main Room Chord Progressions

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

Understanding Modes

Dance music theory expert Oliver Curry introduces the concept of modes and explains why they’re relevant to electronic music…

Disco House Basslines

Disco house basslines are unashamedly retro, harking back to the 70s heyday of white suits and platform boots. Oliver Curry…

Deep House Chords

Our composition expert explains a simple technique which will help you create deep house chord progressions with ease.…

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