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.
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.
I hope this helps.
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.