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What is a "Drop" and a "Bar" in EDM song structure?

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mementus
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Postby mementus; Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:57 pm What is a "Drop" and a "Bar" in EDM song structure?

I know what is verse, chorus, bridge, intro and outro:

What is a drop and a bar?

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sjm
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Postby sjm; Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:06 am Re: What is a "Drop" and a "Bar" in EDM song structure?

A bar has nothing to do with EDM. It's to do with your time signature, which in EDM is almost certainly 4/4. That means that each bar contains 4 quarter notes (1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - ) and then comes the next bar of 4.


The drop is the bit that comes after the break/riser/wibble when everything drops in with hurricane force. So your typical song goes something like this

<unnecessarily long intro with lots of filter sweeps> - <riser and kill everything but white noise> - <half a note's length of silence> - <DRUBBLE FLUBBLE WUBBLE WOM (this is the drop)> - <lots of the same thing> - <riser/break 2> - <WUMBLE BUMBLE FRUMBLE (drop 2)> etc.


HTH


Edit, forgot the obligatory video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igQQuFfqOlA
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thecontrolcentre
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Postby thecontrolcentre; Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:14 am Re: What is a "Drop" and a "Bar" in EDM song structure?

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Postby 4damind; Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:32 am Re: What is a "Drop" and a "Bar" in EDM song structure?

"The drop is the point in a music track where a switch of rhythm or bass line occurs and usually follows a recognizable build section and break" (wikipedia)
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DJ Warmonger
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Postby DJ Warmonger; Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:18 am Re: What is a "Drop" and a "Bar" in EDM song structure?

The drop is the point in a music track where a switch of rhythm or bass line occurs and usually follows a recognizable build section and break

Good one. However, the second meaning is not very interesting in EDM as it naturally has to come after a break and just carries on as finale.

It is more interesting to have drop in the firts meaning, that is sudden and abrupt change to fat, twisted bassline or other simple yet catchy motiffs. Drops also change tracks pace, so it's not a single replacement of one instrument with another.
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