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Re: I want to take on an IDM style of looping

The only IDM I know well is Boards of Canada. Their sound comes as much from their analog synths as anything else - beautifully warm, shimmering tones. I have no analog synths but U-he Diva does this beautifully.

In terms of rhythm, as far as I'm aware IDM uses much the same rhythms as other kinds of electronic music but at a relatively slow tempo. Take a drum and bass beat and slow it down and you've got an IDM beat - slow it down some more and you have dubstep. That's an oversimplification but tempo is a big part of it.

Like any kind of music I don't think there are any real secrets, just some basic parameters and tendencies that characterise the genre. Don't worry about borrowing stuff either. Half of electronic music seems to be based on that damned Amen break. Take a beat you like, recreate it using whatever tools you want, tweak it, twist it, change it - customise it, if you like. Alternatively, step away from your gear, take a walk, get some fresh air and make up a beat in your head, hum or beatbox it to a dictaphone or something and then recreate that with your equipment. Add some moody, dark synth sounds with plenty of vibrato.

Intelligent Dance Music is rarely something that you'd want to dance to (aren't genre names silly?!) but if you want it to be intelligent - well, there are no formulas for that except experimentation and putting your own creativity into the music. Just have some fun!

--On 30 October 2012 22:37 -0700 kay'lon rushing <k3zz21@gmail.com> wrote:

What are some basic things I should know about the style as far as
On Oct 30, 2012 9:55 PM, "Todd Elliott" <toddbert@gmail.com> wrote:

Sure. I've been a monster fan of IDM for years, and have made some stabs
at it, though not in a looping context. Whaddya want to know?


On Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM, kay'lon rushing <k3zz21@gmail.com> wrote:

I want to work torwards making my looping sound more like Intelligent
Dance Music. Its a much more "mature" sounding music than what I do now.
Anybody have any knowledge on the genre?