Sunday, 19 January 2014

The Color of Bass

No worries, the sound was off.

Yesterday I listened to some good old dance stuff like Technical Itch, Panacea, Matrix and Fierce and also some brand new stuff like Felix Bernhardt. It struck me how much influence the dawn of synthesizers over the last century really had on the way we perceive music. Sound color has got the same importance and recognizability as melody and rhythm.
Let me make my point: Most dancefloor tracks are stripped down to rythm and bass, with a sprinkle of melody. But often they are just layers of sound and one of the things that makes a good track stand out is the recognizability of those sounds. Dance production turns into pressure design ;)