Sfetcu, Andrei (2018) Approaching Forms and Structures in Electronic Dance Music. Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.

This research deals with the development of forms and structures in Electronic Dance Music from a producer-composer’s approach. The thesis is first concerned with several theoretical notions involved in the study of rhythms and structure, such as embodiment, trance states, groove, repetition and variation, metrical processes, tension and release, entrainment and spontaneity. The research questions are answered through a practice-based research approach, with the theoretical ideas discussed informing the practical side of the study. The research also explores the works and practice of electronic producer Nicolas Jaar in the form of a case study. The author investigates several structuring principles common to Electronic Dance Music as well as different production methods through a portfolio of seven original compositions with an accompanying commentary. The study explains what the aim of an effective structure in Electronic Dance Music is and how the author has used several processes and methods to achieve a spontaneous approach to producing.

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