|Song Structure in Electronic Music and Dubstep|
Developing a song is more then just the pieces placed together. It's about getting your timing and having elements come in and out to create a fluid story for your track. In this article I am going to go over how to arrange your track and getting a solid song structure for your music.
Parts that make a Song Structure
To start lets go over the parts that make up a song structure. There are many different terms, depending on the style of music. For our purposes we will be looking at these basic terms and then applying them to electronic music arrangement:
The Structure of a Song
A typical Pop Song Structure goes Intro, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Outro. There are different radiation of it, but that is the basics. In electronic Music with out Words it generally does not have a Verse and Chorus. I view it as the "main" section. Below is an example of a Dubstep Song and it's structure. The song is one of screams and is classic dubstep.
It is fairly simple arrangment starting with intro, repeating main section with some breaks. Repeating, and then ending. This song structure is most electronic songs with variations.
Another example is the song arrangement of Halcyon & on & on from the hacker sound track. Considered to be one of the first epic trance songs. It's a very similar structure but over a much longer amount of time. There is also the Main B which was a totally different melodic and feeling section to break things up.
Video below goes over more ideas and concepts with Song Arrangement:
Here are some basic concepts to keep in mind when thinking about your arrangement:Keep it a short intro for dance music
Also By Request I added a download to the Ableton Set that has the midi layed out in this way. Check out the free download below: