Electronic Composition
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How do electronic composers layer sounds?

Electronic composers will often think of sounds in three distinct layers:

  • Foreground – the sounds which are most prominent
  • Midground (middle ground) – the sounds which are somewhat prominent
  • Background – the sounds which are somewhat buried in the mix

How does this work in a real life example?

Here’s a familiar example with a new melody added. Let’s label each part as one of these three layers.

  • Foreground – melody and bass groove
  • Midground – percussion loops
  • Background – synth pads