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Old 09-04-2013, 04:54 AM   #1
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Tips on transitions?

I've started branching out into making proper IDM tracks and am also trying to fuse in interesting classical composition. I have a few different sections to a track I'm currently working on but I can't seem to get the transitions to sound natural. Does anyone have any tips on little techniques for keeping the right amount of familiar repetition while also bringing a definite change in section?
Previously I've been making house and some progressive ambient stuff, for which transitions are much more simple.

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Old 09-04-2013, 06:31 AM   #2
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Re: Tips on transitions?

If the parts are in the same key, you could just have different instruments go in different directions along the scale. It's simple but it works nice for building into a different section.

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Old 09-04-2013, 01:51 PM   #3
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Re: Tips on transitions?

You can keep the beat of the first part with the harmony / melody / whatever of the second part and then switch the beat.
If you're song doesn't have a beat, you can use sequenzas with variations.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:03 PM   #4
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Re: Tips on transitions?

Cheers I'll give that a try
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:59 AM   #5
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Re: Tips on transitions?

The best advice I would say is to listen to your favorite producers.... Their transitions in particular.
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:22 PM   #6
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Re: Tips on transitions?

Listen to your favorite artists and try to analyse their track.
Perfect your technique to play and control frequencies , space FX, and what occurs with the rhythm while you do the modifications.

Think about the concept of DJ mixing songs and apply it in your compositions trying to achieve the desired climate and mixing your melodic phrases , creating expectation and giving what you promise.

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Old 12-04-2013, 06:54 PM   #7
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Re: Tips on transitions?

flip melodies, solo tracks, build-ups, reverbs and delays, reverse reverbs/delays, automated eq changes...all of these can be layered onto each other and run simultaneously.
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Old 13-04-2013, 11:51 PM   #8
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flip melodies, solo tracks, build-ups, reverbs and delays, reverse reverbs/delays, automated eq changes...all of these can be layered onto each other and run simultaneously.

I Agree completely with his comment ^^ but also if you want some smooth transitions then you should probably stay in the same key as before. Dont just jump into something completely different it will throw off the listener.
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Re: Tips on transitions?

A short lead in when transitioning, for me, is always more conducive than a long build up.

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