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Deconstruction: BTS – ‘Dynamite’ with Jonie in Ableton Live

We’re back with another deconstruction, this time with PBLA’s Jonie breaking down the BTS track, ‘Dynamite’.

‘Dynamite’ was written and produced by David Stewart and Jessica Agombar, arriving as the first English-speaking hit from the sensational Korean boyband, BTS. In the first 24-hours of the release of ‘Dynamite’, the track racked up an impressive 100m views on YouTube, 12.6m on Spotify and reached No.1 in the U.S. – another first for the band.

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Jonie kicks off this deconstruction by laying down some key facts about the track before taking us through the chords and music theory of ‘Dynamite’. Using Serum and TAL U-NO-LX, Jonie recreates the 80s-style synth sounds used in the track and then layers his chords with a range of disco drum hits for the song’s simple pattern. He then plays in the bassline for ‘Dynamite’ on his MIDI keyboard and records in the guitar riffs, slowing down the project and using Ableton warp markers to get his recordings as tight as possible. To finish off the deconstruction, the LA-based musician uses Ableton’s in-built effects to smooth out the song’s transitions.

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