Many dance tracks could be described as collages where a series of different layers (often samples and loops) are put together over a foundation of drums and bass using a cut and paste technique. A common structure is as follows:
The different sections tend to grow out of each other rather than be clearly divided.
Dance music DJs manipulate the sound in different ways, adding their own creative element to the music they play. Originally they used vinyl records, but today many use CD decks, laptops and software packages to cut up tracks, loop sections and add new parts as part of a live performance. DJ techniques include:
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