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.