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Old 02-05-2013, 06:51 PM   #1
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Hello,

I work on ableton and I have a project where the main melody is currently sitting at 5 bars. i know this is not typical from your 4 bar or 8 bar melody, but I cannot seem to translate this melody from the current 5 bar to 4 or 8 bars nicely.

My question is do any of you have experience with producing house tracks where the main melody was 5 bars, or any other non 4 or 8 bar value? Is it advised I should continue to leave it at 5 bars or work toward making it expand into 8 bars but still sound nice.



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Old 02-05-2013, 06:55 PM   #2
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Re: melody arrangement question for making house

If you want it to be 5 bars and like the sound of it, then make it 5 bars. Rules...... they're more like guidelines.
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Re: melody arrangement question for making house

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If you want it to be 5 bars and like the sound of it, then make it 5 bars. Rules...... they're more like guidelines.
You hit the nail on the head with that. Normally it'd be 4, 8, or 16 bars, but honestly you can do whatever the hell you want because it's YOUR track. Go nuts!
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Re: melody arrangement question for making house

Im positive there is a way to make that work and still be dj friendly. What if the melody only resolves to the fifth bar occasionally ?

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Re: melody arrangement question for making house

Polyrhythm! using a melody in 5/4 against a backing in 4/4.

Both the melody and backing will come to a natural end after 20 bars, when you can then go into a new section and it still feel natural to the song.

20 bars is because 4/4 x 5 = 20 and 5/4 x 4 = 20.

The backing would have played 5 times and melody 4 times before they can conclude at the same place

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Re: melody arrangement question for making house

I agree with what Dave says, that should work nicely, tho a 20 bar section might also be considered slightly odd, since typical sections would be 16, so you could consider taking the 5 bar melody and expanding it to 8 bars by adding 3 bars somewhere in the middle, you could repeat this and switch those 3 bars for something different to create a non repeating 16 bar section which still keeps the same theme and feel of your original 5 bars, since that is the repeated part. But like others have said, it's your track, so have fun ;-)
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Re: melody arrangement question for making house

I'd say you can keep the same melody but lengthen certain notes by a few beats, or find some way to shave 4 beats off if you're really that serious about making it symmetrical.

But I agree with trying to make it work within a 4/4 framework. It can be done. Maybe post a clip of it so we can hear it and make better suggestions?

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