Does musical theory is needed in electronic music ?

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ANGSTICK
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Does musical theory is needed in electronic music ?

Post by ANGSTICK » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:46 pm

Hi everybody,

I imagine that this kind of question already has been asked whatever I saw on the Internet that musical theory was not necessary in the composition of a piece but to be sure I bought a book about musical theory and saw that there are many features you have to do to compose a song (Armours, tones, Scales...) many things which are boring at the first look (like me).
I just want to know if musical theory or a part of it is necessary in electronic music production (Artists like deadmau5, Feed Me, Madeon, Even Daft punk in their first mixes)

Thanks to everyone who will answer me because i've got a kind of psychological blocking with that when I compose :)

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Re: Does musical theory is needed in electronic music ?

Post by beats me » Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:08 pm

I’d say music production knowledge is more important. If you took the solid production techniques away from the artists you mentioned a lot of the songs would most likely sound stupid and not worth the attention.

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Re: Does musical theory is needed in electronic music ?

Post by Buleriachk » Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:32 pm

And again:

The good news:
"The tools of production are at last in the hands of the workers.."
The bad news:
"The tools of production are at last in the hands of the workers.."

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Re: Does musical theory is needed in electronic music ?

Post by Asymmetricalmusic » Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:33 pm

I think your topic sentence is a perfect example

sure it's a sentence but it's a piss pour example of proper english usage, all the same it still gets its message across. but to my ears your sentence sucks. so go figure

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Re: Does musical theory is needed in electronic music ?

Post by panten » Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:41 pm

You're lack of capital letters offends my eyes.

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Re: Does musical theory is needed in electronic music ?

Post by stringtapper » Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:55 pm

panten wrote:You're lack of capital letters offends my eyes.

Lock the target, bait the line, spread the net, and catch the man...
So your saying you deliberately used "your" instead of "you're"?
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Re: Does musical theory is needed in electronic music ?

Post by panten » Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:26 am

Quite the converse. He spelt also poor uncorrectly. It's just a big bloody mess.

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Re: Does musical theory is needed in electronic music ?

Post by sowhoso » Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:42 am

Asymmetricalmusic wrote:I think your topic sentence is a perfect example

sure it's a sentence but it's a piss pour example of proper english usage, all the same it still gets its message across. but to my ears your sentence sucks. so go figure
dumbass

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Re: Does musical theory is needed in electronic music ?

Post by sowhoso » Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:44 am

ANGSTICK wrote:Hi everybody...

Thanks to everyone who will answer me because i've got a kind of psychological blocking with that when I compose :)
learn the theory and then forget about it when you work on your music

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Re: Does musical theory is needed in electronic music ?

Post by hacktheplanet » Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:51 am

Nope... Even though you are WRITING MUSIC, music theory is certainly not important. Not at all. Never.



edit: i mean like if you want to just slap stuff together until it sounds good, fine go for it... but even a basic understanding of music theory will help you dramatically.
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Re: Does musical theory is needed in electronic music ?

Post by reeloy » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:13 am

....for dance music?

....experience and production skills....that's it.

...well, and, of course, most important..... music in your blood....

if you don't have that, all musical theory won't help.....

and once you're really in a flow, you pick it up along the way.....

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Re: Does musical theory is needed in electronic music ?

Post by antarktika » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:38 am

you don't need to know music theory to make electronic music in general...

but you probably do need it to make electronic music that is melodically and harmonically complex, with any amount of ease.

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Re: Does musical theory is needed in electronic music ?

Post by beats me » Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:17 am

I would argue that if most people just forced themselves to spend some time slamming away at a keyboard without looking into music theory at all they could develop some reasonable chops and the ability to compose songs in a short period of time...

Compared to

...Just haphazardly tossing a bunch of effects on tracks with no real idea of how they really work and how all tracks affect the others. Toss speaker quality and room treatment into the mix while you're at it. There's not going to be "happy mistake" pro level mixes being made, or at least not repeatedly.

And as great and cheap as the technology is now, there's no magic plugin that's just going to spit out a pro level mix when you slap it on the master track and pick a preset that matches your genre...although some developers claim they make exactly that.

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Re: Does musical theory is needed in electronic music ?

Post by eyeknow » Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:49 am

n/m

prolly wasn't funny.

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Re: Does musical theory is needed in electronic music ?

Post by amillionwinters » Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:38 am

i think this is a questions that really just depends on you.

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