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I am very new to producing music, and this is the first song I am pretty proud of. Advice and criticism greatly appreciated!
I got into making this music around 2 weeks ago
If you want to do something well you have to commit to it. Two weeks is nothing, after a couple of years you may get to what you really want but in the meantime you have to work towards smaller goals.
I didn't get that from your post, well if you are experienced then two weeks is a good effort. I think if you want actual useful advice you'll need to specify more clearly where you are having issues, what type of sound you are not able to achieve, whats working for you and what isnt, post a sample of something you tried and ask for advice.
First off, this is hardly IDM or "Intelligent Dance Music". IDM refers to experimental "dance music" that is more likely to be listened to at home than heard on a dance floor. Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin is seen as a landmark of IDM and ambient music.
Early 2000s Trance is more accurate but Virtual Self's sound is influenced by many different genres and ideas and at this point it's more of an aesthetic than a particular sound.
Check out this interview Porter did with Fader - he specifically mentions what influenced him, what sound he was going for and where he found inspiration.
Here's a quote to give you an idea of his process...
I went on Beatport, sorted the entire trance genre by release dates, and listened to every song from 1998 to 2003, not just the ones from charts. Same thing for breaks, jungle, drum and bass, techno. I must have listened to snippets of 100,000 songs over the course of two years. A lot of it was pretty uninspired and forgettable. But what’s great about reaching into the past is that you’re afforded a specific palette that gets you started. You come out with trends of sound design and structure that you can choose to incorporate.
Past that, GardnSound has a two part video/tutorial where he (faithfully) recreates EON BREAK from scratch while also explaining his process and techniques.
At the very least watch the video for his drum programming alone - of all the elements and sounds in EON BREAK GardnSound nails the drum sounds.
If you really wanna learn how to
Download the song and drag it and start taking notes on each section as detailed as you can. Then recreate those same details, don't sorry about being original right now , just try to get into the habit of learning the arrangement and what goes into each section
Download remakes of those songs and analyze it. Then apply what you learned and make your own creative track
One thing I've noticed is sample and sound selection are key in those types of songs so make sure you for those down.
Sound design is extremely important and Porter takes that into account a LOT
practice practice practice, especially trying to recreate sounds that you like and that are what you're trying to achieve
Break it down, analyze it, etc... you already know the sound you're looking for, apparently. Figure out the elements that make it up. In terms of musicality, I'm sure there's certain drum patterns, melodic patterns, chord sequences, etc. In terms of sound selection/design, figure out what drum samples were being used back then, maybe even what synths, what instruments (piano and strings), what effects, you get the idea. No one's gonna spoon feed you all this lol