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Composition for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Chapter 5. Dance Music Drum Programming

Dance music drumming represents a separate branch of drum programming in its own right. This is because its beat is not referable in any way to the actions of a real drummer or the notion of a traditional drum kit. From the earliest days of dance music, when the styles of techno and house were still underground sounds, drums were often programmed using what have since become classic drum machines, such as the Roland TR-808, the TR-909, and the more functional, percussion-oriented TR-727.

When writing a dance music drum track, therefore, you don’t feel that need to persuade the listener that he is listening to a real drummer at work, which also means that there is no need to make the drum track sound realistic ...

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