Dave Foxx: Ten Things You Need To Know About Music


This month on RapMag.com, Dave Foxx talks about the 10 things every radio producer should now about music.

Here’s Dave’s primer on his column Production 212 on RapMag June 2012.

(This is starting to sound like a broken record!) Finally, we wrap up “the list” – Ten Things You Need To Know About Music. We’ve done the first 6 items over the last few columns, leaving seven through ten.

Last time I said these last four should be self-evident, but I realized later that they’re not. In fact, they’re pretty subtle points, which I need to explain. OK… for the last time, here is the list (to save you from digging for past issues):

  1. Music is made up of parts, which can be disassembled and reassembled.
  2. Tempo is ALWAYS flexible.
  3. Rhythm is NEVER flexible.
  4. Key is relative.
  5. Musical phrasing is similar to spoken phrasing.
  6. Placing voice-over over singing is very much like having two people talk at once.
  7. Ending the music is like putting a period at the end of a sentence.
  8. Sung vocals need to HELP the message if at all possible.
  9. Effects need to support the musical phrasing.
  10.  Tracking your voice over to the music can double its effectiveness.

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