Video: Point Blank Style Guide – Techno with James Wiltshire

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The Point Blank Electronic Music School has recently published a new Style Guide series with James Wiltshire (Freemasons, F9 Audio, Beyoncé) focusing on Techno in Ableton Live.

Style Guide: Techno – Part 1: History and Sound Design
Techno is more than a genre – it’s an institution. Combining the avant-garde electronica coming out of Europe with the underground radio station’s electric funk and post-disco influence, Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson began to create what is now known as early Detroit Techno.

Now, Techno’s countless sub genres and variants can all be traced back to the Belleville Three and in our latest Style Guide, James Wiltshire (Freemasons, Beyoncé) breaks down the history, the impact and the sound of one of electronic music’s most defining genres. You can watch part one above, and make sure you subscribe to our channel for more tutorials and live events.

Style Guide: Techno – Part 2: Creating a Track in Ableton Live
Our Style Guide videos have proven to be one of our most popular series ever! Hosted by James Wiltshire, we explore the stories, the gear and the techniques that go into electronic music’s most popular genres. We started off with one of the founding pillars of dance music: house, and now it’s the turn of techno. Part one say James explain how techno found its feet in Detroit as well as embarking on a sound design exercise.

In part two, James puts those ideas into practice, building up a techno track in Ableton Live as well as recording some bespoke samples in some urban Brighton locations. You can watch it above and as always, make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more tutorials and live events. Download James’s Ableton Project and WAV stems here.

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