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Composition for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Chapter 14. Arpeggiation

For today’s modern electronic and popular music, repetition has become one of the major forces in the building up of musical structures. The unit of repetition is generally termed the loop, and for many styles of modern music, such as techno, trance, house, and hip-hop, the musical content can often be reduced to a series of simple loops that have been ingeniously combined by the producers to create a complete piece of music.

To be able to compose and produce such music is often a matter of creating a number of suitable loops and then combining them in a satisfactory way within a larger overall structure. Naturally, these loops will have a job to perform within the composition as a whole. There will be drum and percussion ...

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