Any tips/ways to practice arrangement?

Ott responded on 06/13/2018

Think of it like writing a story. It needs a 'dramatic arc' - a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Make sure you know what you're trying to say before you start but digress if you feel like it.

Try to make sure there's always something interesting going on and try to place yourself in the position of the listener, who doesn't care how clever your effects chain is, or how long it took you to create the bass sound. Honestly, nobody gives a shit.

Don't stick with a shit sound because it took you six hours to make. If it's shit, be honest and chop it out.

Don't throw all your best sounds into the first two minutes and then waffle on for another five. Keep something good for the end.

Don't be afraid of breakdowns - they're an artform all of their own.

Unless you're into Psy-Trance, of course, in which case just go 'bop-dugga-bop-dugga-bop-dugga-bop-dugga' for six minutes and call it a day.

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