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Old 22-02-2012, 11:12 PM   #1
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What are some "standard" beats for IDM. I hear breaks are popular, but others say to experiment around. What do you think?

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Old 23-02-2012, 06:16 AM   #2
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Re: IDM Beats

well the whole thing about good idm is that its experimental! So sometimes you will hear a bit of hip hop (aphex i care because you do album, boards of canada...) and sometimes there is more drumn bass ish, 150-180 bpm kick snare pattern. But theres generally some good complexity going on to keep it interesting.

The most important thing I keep reading is : the more interesting (movement, timbre chances, panning, volume changes etc) a sound is, the more you can enjoy repeated listens and not get bored. This I think is key to why stuff like autechre and aphex are so good to listen day and day after, you keep discovering new things like nuances in the background or cool effects like where the reverb on one drum is panned off while the drum itself stays in one position.

Just a while ago I noticed how some of the aphex stuff on richard d j album sounds like the kick drum is popping into dust or something which I think is accomplished by automating the distortion so it increases while the kick rings out so it sort of decays towards the end.

That to me is what makes "idm" so interesting, so I would say make whatever beats you like as long as they make you want to move, since this is after all dance music in a way even if it is best on headphones so youve got to feel it in your body. But get experimental and play with different automations of effects to make it really interesting...
Also, personally id say there is enough of that typical "idm" fast snappy glitch noises that everyone doind youtube tutorials seems to have mastered... theres enough of that out there.
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Old 23-02-2012, 01:21 PM   #3
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Re: IDM Beats

Try to use unusual sounds for your drums. Don´t stick to regular rhythms. Do stick to the grid, though...
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Old 23-02-2012, 01:26 PM   #4
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Do stick to the grid, though...
Not necessarily.
Moving quantised patterns off the grid slightly can inject groove and feeling.
Urgency or a laid back vibe can both be achieved simply this way.
Try moving your percussion against the rest of your beat and see what happens.
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Old 25-02-2012, 01:21 AM   #5
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Re: IDM Beats

good points and dont forget velocity adjustments! One can create a good groove based on good velocity variation even while sticking to the grid. I think thats how the aphex drukqs and vsnares stuff gets that natural feel even though its at superhuman speeds.
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Old 25-02-2012, 01:23 AM   #6
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Good idea, never thought about velocity, luckily Sunvox and FLStudio both have velocity adjustment automation

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I like this explanation by bassnectar

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Re: IDM Beats

IDM is just a label, you just take a genre you like and make it "experimental" by breaking the rules. Usually it's just sampled drums or bent drum machines.

Lately I've being listening to sainkho, he doesn't have any "standart IDM drums" or anything fancy like that, yet I'd say it's IDM when I don't know a better name for it, so it can be basicly anything.

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