Songwriting Techniques 5: Rhythm

In the latest article from the Songwriting Techniques series we will be looking at ‘Rhythm’. The bass and drum parts form the foundation of the track and a strong rhythm section can make all the difference to your track. In this post we will be looking at how these sound sources can used when composing in various genres, here are this weeks 5 ideas of how to get your bass and drums parts working effectively together: Read More…

Songwriting Techniques 4: Harmony

In the latest article from the Songwriting Techniques series we will be looking at ‘Harmony’. Harmony is the term used to describe the chordal elements of a song, and a harmony is created when 2 or more notes are played simultaneously. Here are this weeks 5 points for you to consider: Read More…

Spitfire Audio - Special Event

Spitfire Audio - Special Event
Air Studios, Hampstead
Wed 28th February 2017


In the world of film, TV and media composition Spitfire Audio have established themselves as one of the market leaders producing exceptional and inspiration sample libraries. Alongside their products the company have an outstanding online presence with tutorials, interviews and Christian Henson’s vlog channel which have all contributed to an ‘Apple-esque’ hysteria surrounding the company. With this in mind, it was no surprise that when Spitfire announced that they were holding a ‘special event’ at Air Studios in London that tickets sold out almost immediately despite no one really knowing what they had purchased tickets for!

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Songwriting Techniques 3: Melody

For the third instalment of the Songwriting Techniques series the topic is ‘Melody'. In many genres of music the melody is arguably the most important element of a track, its 'the tune', and the part we often remember, sing and hum back to ourselves. There are lots of approaches to writing melody and some key points to bear in mind when composing, here are this weeks 5 points for you to consider: Read More…

Review: Output - Analog Brass & Winds

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In this article I will be reviewing Analog Brass & Winds, the latest virtual instrument from the groundbreaking music production company Output. I will also be showcasing how I have utilised the instrument into the latest release from the Becquerel project.

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The Making of Sample Magic - Ambient Textural Toolkit

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I was recently interview by Sample Magic about the making of my Ambient Textural Toolkit sample pack, you can read the full interview here:

You can hear the demo and buy the Ambient Textural Toolkit pack here:

If you have any questions about the pack
you can find me on Twitter @MDennyMusic or email
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Songwriting Techniques 2: Songwriting and Composition Challenges

For the second article in this series the theme is ‘Songwriting and Composition Challenges’. Sometimes its hard to know where to start, particularly when embarking on a new project, but one way to get started on a new project is to set yourself a brief and guidelines. Refering back to these can help you stay on track and keep you focussed on the end goal. With that in mind here are 5 challenges for you to try:
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Songwriting Techniques 1: Getting Started

Songwriting Techniques is a new weekly article on The Audio Tapes where I will be sharing songwriting and composition tips, techniques and ideas for you to try. Each week will have a different theme and will include 5 ideas for you to consider. If you would like to get in touch and share any tips of your own you can find me on Twitter @MDennyMusic or email

For the first article in this series the theme is ‘Getting Started’. We all have a tendency to procrastinate and often the hardest part of a task is actually getting to work; with that in mind here are this weeks 5 tips:
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Recommended: Free Online Music Resources

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For both new and experienced musicians, composers and producers the Internet can be a minefield when it comes to finding useful, high-quality and professional resources. In this article I will be sharing three of my favourite free resources that continue to be part of my creative process. Read More…

Review: Top Tracks of 2017

Every day in December 2017 I posted a track recommendation on my Twitter account, here is the Spotify playlists of all the tracks and the summary from Twitter for each. I hope you enjoy the selection and let me know what you think - you can find me on Twitter: @MDennyMusic Read More…

Welcome to The Audio Tapes

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Welcome to The Audio Tapes, a new music and creative industry blog launched in 2018 by composer and music producer Michael Denny. I will be posting a wide variety of content on the site including: Read More…