Develop a groove - Remix, Hip Hop and electronic song writing
- Common loop edits and fills
When using pre-recorded drum loops and/or repetitive drum machine sequences
the collage composer needs to be aware of two important idiosyncrasies
in the composition of the groove.
Unlike the traditional band set up (i.e. live players), the composer
can not rely on the drummer to add variation to his playing - through
the use of drums fills and or subtle rhythmical phrasing- which can
be used to announce the imminent arrival of new sections. A drum fill
can signal the change from verse to chorus.
Using the same beat ad-nauseam has the potential to become boring
and distracting to the listener (although it should be noted that in
certain forms of dance music extreme repetition is exploited to induce
a trance-like state).
Turntable DJs might overcome these difficulties by 'scratching' the record
to create rhythmical sounds and break up a repetitive drum pattern. Scratching
can also be used to signpost the arrival of a new section (e.g. a change
from verse to chorus).
Electronic-based composers can trigger samples (either single hit sounds
or loops), varying the triggered frequency to increase dramatic tension.
Below are some common loop edits that can substitute for drum fills and
be used to break up the beat or signpost the change to a new section.