Club Dance Stylistic Features

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Club Dance Stylistic Fingerprints


  • Drum machines
  • Drums and percussion
  • Synthesizers
  • Samplers
  • Turntables
  • Vocals


Performance and Arrangement:

  • House, trance and techno have up-beat tempos in excess of 120bpm and up to 140bpm
  • Four-to-the-floor bass drum and hi-hat emphasis on the off-beat quavers (similar to disco)
  • Synth stabs or syncopated staccato stabs on piano
  • Use of synth for bass lines
  • Synth riffs and pad chords
  • Samples taken from a range of instrument and vocal recordings
  • Anthemic or epic feel
  • Rapping used on some songs
  • Soul influenced vocals are common
  • Structures are built on building up and breaking down textures and rhythmic elements
  • Drum n bass uses fast syncopated drum patterns combined with elements of dub reggae, soul, funk and jazz


Technology and Production:

  • Computer-based sequencers to create the music
  • Cheaper technology makes music production more accessible
  • Electronic instruments used include: Drum machines, samplers and synthesizers
  • Use of a wide variety of effects including: reverb, delay, distortion, chorus, side-chain compression, vocoders,


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