Millband, Thomas Charles
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The present Masters thesis analyzes a series of five compositions based on early forms of house and techno music. Music scores and audio recordings are included as a reference for the analysis of each composition. To establish the relationship between the compositions and those of their stylistic origins, the first chapter begins with a brief overview of the history of electronic music in the second half of the 20th century. Ultimately, it elucidates the creative process of early house and techno producers. The second chapter describes all of the instruments and equipment that were used in the audio recordings of the five compositions. The functions of the audio effects used in the recordings are detailed and high profile uses of famous instruments are referred to with specific recordings and notable users. The five compositions are then analyzed sequentially from chapter three to seven. Insights are drawn through an examination of the musical form, harmony and melody of the works in addition to what influenced the creative process.