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Composition for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Chapter 4. Writing for Percussion

In Chapter 3, we discussed the functional roles of the drums of an acoustic drum kit. And by functional roles, I mean the job they do as part of a drum track. The kick provides the foundation for the rhythm, while the snare contributes backbone and structure. The ride on the other hand, measures time and pace and is the guarantor of continuity and a sense of forward motion. Because the instruments that perform this job are so important in the process of producing a drum track, they can be regarded as having a primary nature. In other words, they are the drums with the highest status.

This knowledge gives you an essential orientation when composing drum tracks because you know that your first job is to address the ...

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