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Most Common Keys For House and Deep Tech Music

Posted on | March 6, 2018 | No Comments

In an attempt to get my tracks to sound more like the tunes I like to DJ, I ran across an arti­cle about how club sub freq’s can range down to about 40Hz, which is just below the note E1.

Note Hz
C1 32.7
D1 36.7
E1 41.2
F1 43.7
G1 49.0
A1 55.0

The arti­cle (wish I could find it again) men­tioned that’s why a bunch of tracks are in F and G — because those root bass notes fall com­fort­ably in the range that can be played back. A low F1 note is prob­a­bly one of those tones that sounds KILLER on a good rig.

Look­ing at some of my favorite house, tech­no, and deep tech tracks from 2017, I noticed that most are in F, Bb, Eb, G, or C. I’m not sure my analy­sis soft­ware (djay Pro 2) is dis­cern­ing major vs minor here.

But check out the cir­cle of fifths:

(By Just plain Bill — Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4463183)

… those keys are all clus­tered in the upper-left cor­ner, which means that they will be easy to tran­si­tion to dur­ing a set because jumps to neigh­bor­ing keys in the cir­cle of fifths sound good.

Now inter­est­ing­ly, this guy’s analy­sis of the Beat­port Top 100 Tracks showed a dif­fer­ent set of pop­u­lar keys — but I don’t play tracks as “Pop”-y as the Top 100. Who knows.



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