Nothing but the "Beat"

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NOTHING BUT THE “BEAT”
An exploratory study of sample based and synthesised drum production techniques as used in contemporary house music.

Assessment Name: Pre-Proposal (BCM200.3.2) Student Name: Ashley Smyth (106711) Date of Submission: 23 / Jan / 2013 SAE Brisbane Research & Project Models (BCM200) Unit Coordinator’s Name: Dr Ricky Ohl

Drum techniques within Electronic Dance Music

BCM200 Creative Project Preliminary Proposal

Table of Contents
COVER PAGE ...........................................................................................................................................1   TABLE OF CONTENTS ...........................................................................................................................2   STUDY TOPIC AREA ..............................................................................................................................3   DESCRIPTIVE

 TITLE ..................................................................................................................................................3   INTRODUCTION ......................................................................................................................................................3   STUDY

 OUTCOME ....................................................................................................................................................3   WORLD
 VIEW ........................................................................................................................................................3   PROJECT
 ADVISOR...................................................................................................................................................3   STATEMENT
 OF
 OBJECTIVES ......................................................................................................................................3   PROCESS
 SUMMARY ................................................................................................................................................4   TIMELINE ..............................................................................................................................................................6   GLOSSARY OF TERMS ..........................................................................................................................7   REFERENCES ...........................................................................................................................................8   INITIAL

 PROJECT
 ADVISOR
 MEETING ...........................................................................................................................9  

Ashley Smyth - 106711

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Production Techniques within Electronic Dance Music

BCM200 Creative Project Preliminary Proposal

Study Topic Area
Descriptive Title
Nothing but the ‘beat’: An exploratory study of sample based and synthesised drum production techniques as used in contemporary house music.

Introduction
Bradford (2001) states, “all good dance tracks start with the drums”. The consensus of all articles in the literature review (BCM200.1) is that there is a heavy weighting of importance on the use of drums within electronic dance music. It is the drums that create the rhythmical elements of a song and provides the groove to which the rest of the track follows. It is often the case in the genre of house music that a producer is identified by the “beats” he or she creates. Understanding the foundations of a house record will give any producer a competitive edge in the market place.

Study Outline
A comparative analysis into drum production techniques will be carried out to identify the most common characteristics of drums used in the productions of a house record. This includes (but may not be limited to): drum programming, patterns, sound design,...
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