Electronic Music: The Journey Begins

I want to learn how to produce electronic music. I’ve wanted to learn how to produce electronic music for a long time. Techno, and more recently dubstep have gotten me through many late nights and long days of work. Electronic music never seems to get old and it ranges from relaxing trance to high-energy wobble bass. Not only is it good music, but they say you can produce a legit track with nothing but your computer. That promise of accessibility has always intrigued me.

Every few years, starting around age 12, I’ve found myself turning knobs and pressing buttons in various programs like Rebirth, Acid, Logic, Ableton, and Fruity Loops. Five minutes later and I’d given up on ever figuring out electronic music. You see, I’ve never played an instrument, never taken a class in music theory, never even had a decent sense of rhythm, so trying to compose songs from sound sampled with pitch envelopes always seemed an impossible task.

But I’m tired of not being able to create electronic music. I’m tired of telling myself I can’t do it. So to overcome the fact that I’ll never figure out electronic music, I’m going to just figure out electronic music.

This is the first post in a series that will chronicle my journey to learn how to produce electronic music. The final goal is to produce an entire album of songs, and I expect to get there within 6–12 months. What am I basing that on? A prayer.

But of course, one does not simply create an album from nothing. I will work to create many prototype tracks along the way so that I may learn the fundamentals of electronic music production. I will create trance tracks, dubstep tracks, trap tracks — anything that seems sufficiently close to the wheel house of electronic music. Hopefully after a few months of producing throwaway tracks, I’ll be able to start accumulating release-ready tracks for an album.

Additionally, as I discover and learn about fundamental topics in the world of electronic music production, I will post short articles describing those fundamentals so that others may learn from my experience.

If you’d like to learn electronic music production along with me, or if you’d just like a shot at witnessing a train wreck, I encourage you to subscribe to this publication and join me in the comments section!

Now, let’s produce some music!

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