Transition form

Another interesting approach to structure is to think about transition. This is where the prominant feature of the track is the transition between two quite different sections. A good example of this is “The Sunshine Underground” by the Chemical Brothers, which starts out quite slow, relaxed and sparse. By the end, though, it is fast and energetic – with the rhythmic elements sounding at double-time (twice as fast). Another example like this is “Hyperballad” by Bjork.

While both these examples start slow and finish fast, you can explore any kind of transition. For example “Dreaming Your Dreams” by Hybrid starts sounding dark and menacing, but finishes with an uplifting feel – almost joyous and loving!

Feel free to be adventurous in your transitions. Maybe you could start out quick and light but finish heavy and full. Or start out harsh and noisy but finish smooth and clean. Maybe start out electronic but finish acoustic. The possibilities are endless – you are only limited by your imagination!


    • Mike
    • May 11th, 2009

    I would love to hear more about keeping transitions fluid from one section to the next. Maybe through the use of drum fills, muting drum for the last bar or 2, sound’s currently my biggest issue.

  1. Good idea, I’ll follow this up in a future blog post.


    • dangermouse
    • May 11th, 2009

    I’m also very interested in this. Maybe you could also write about how to make different “reversed cymbal” like sounds, as I liked the ones you used in the workshop song. And also how to place them in a mix?

  2. Sure!

    PS, you’re not the real Dangermouse, are you? ;-)


    • dangerrat
    • May 14th, 2009

    D’oh! My cover is blown. ;-)
    Didn’t know about DJ Danger Mouse until now.

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