Songwriting Tips and Tricks
I'm looking for some songwriting advice for electronic ambient/post-rock music. I often find myself writing a short part that repeats and I recognize it as a good foundation, but have a hard time building up from there. For example, I might have a four chord progression, with each chord lasting 2 bars. That's 8 bars for the progression. If it loops 4 times before moving into the next part, that's 32 bars of basically the same thing! I'll often add some subtle changes, perhaps a different hihat pattern on the 3rd time around, or start adding some reverse melody parts in. But I can't help feeling bored for others when listening back or showing it to a friend. Perhaps that is just harsh judgment on myself, since I'm happy to listen to repetitive loops in other people's music, but I'd still like to spice it up a bit. Especially when I listen to the subtle details in songs by artists like Imogen Heap or Dntel, I really feel like there's a lot of empty space.
What techniques do you use to fill your space or add some subtle layers and changes under your song foundations? In the past I've used Live's clip follow to randomly generate some glitchy stuff from my melody or drums to layer underneath, and I've also taken field recording and run them through vocoder and other effects to get some interesting background textures. I'd love hear what others are doing and get some new ideas flowing!
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