Tech House, with trancy, film score ambiance! Otherwise known as "Cinematic Tech House"
Ambient tech house is what i call my most recent attempts at merging progressive styling, minimal, trance and tech
house (which by its very nature is quite minimal).
It comes from my experience in writing Film Scores. People love the ambiance and sound design that is common in film scores - and I consider a lot of that ambiance to live in the trance world, because trance and classical (and true metal) are all cousins that share the same musical ancestor - classical music.
But I love tech house. What if I could combine the two worlds?
So... because I cannot find anything specific about this subgenre - let me explain my thought process on how I create Ambient Tech House music
(and like i said, if the subgenre exists officially, then fine, but I cant find it anywhere. This is just what I'm calling it):
- This is as progressive as music gets. There is no need to label this "Progressive Ambient Tech House" because progressive is not a genre people, its a style. Every 8 bars, something propels the track forward. Simple. Thats it. Thats what progressive is. It is NOT a genre stop using that term. Ambient Tech House IS progressive music. Thats all you need to say.
- Tracks must be easily recognizable as having tech elements. if you do not know what these are, then this is not the group for you.
- Tracks must underscore ambiance. More to the point, the track must exist in an ambient field created by pads or other elements.
- The Ambience evokes emotional changes in the listener, iike a film score - but toned down significantly. Film scores can have monumental sweeping pads that make you tear up. This is not about making people cry or laugh. its about making people feel - feel even more emotion than the normal tech house track can evoke.
The atmosphere you create with your pads must reflect the mood of the track, and change as the track evolves.
- It is also ideal if you keep everything as minimal as possible. Tracks are complicated because they are cerebral and intelligent - not because there is "A lot of stuff going on".
- It is ideal to have vocals for Ambient Tech House. Although it can just as easily be instrumental. Why Vocals? because people love the human voice and prefer vocals over instrumental about 8 to 1 across the board, all ages. So, its a natural for expressive and meaningful lyrics. If you don't have a vocalist, check producerloops for wonderful voice recordings which is what I use when I can't find a singer.
- I'd also like to think that ambient tech house tells a story. Something meaningful, but thats just my feel on it.
- Keep it from 4-7 minutes to be fair. Tell a story, but not a novel.
- Ambient tech house seems to generally be from 124 to 128 BPM, has tech house beats, but is often more CHILLED and RELAXED, where the beats are extremely subtle and when they are not subtle, they are intelligent. This is not a fast rule, but how crazy can you get a 124 bpm? Well, if you are smart enough about it, you can make the track seem faster than it really is with toms, or a percussion element like a Guira that drives the track along.
-There are two main patterns I use when creating Ambient Tech House. One is to use the melody to drive the track, and the other to use the drums and percussion.
I have put up a few to get started
I consider Grimes "Genesis" to be Ambient Tech House even though its got some other label. If you want to hear what i consider to be one of the most promising young talents... listen to this.
It is not Ambient Tech House, but if you pay close attention - you can see this is infused with Pop. Take the pop out and whats left is Ambient Tech House.
Moderators of Ambient Tech House
Boston, United States