Gday lads, Interested in discussing different syles and how to produce them. By styles i'm not referring to a producer's style, rather what I mean is what some people sould call subgenres... Liquid, ambient, dark, minimal. Generally I find that when I complete a track, it sounds either dark, or melodic in an epic kind of way. Usually due to my taste in samples etc. Im sure most people on here probably have a style or styles they generally stick to, or that because of their taste in music and sounds is reflected strongly in their production. If you want to make another style, how do you go about it? Whats your process? Does it feel weird using a different process to get a different result, a result that may not be as polished as the style that you make the most? Lets take say... the example of minimal drum and bass. If you were to make a track that you classified as minimal, how would you approach it? What would be different from the way you usually produce? Why? I always seem to rely on modulation and an obvious melody or hook to drive the arrangement of a track forward. I want to expand the methods at my disposal, and push myself to use less to make more if that makes sense. Use textures, layers, edits, and that sort of thing instead of obvious modulation and hooky melodies. I find this extremely challenging and at times so frustrating that i'll just resort back to a method that I know works, but that gives me a different result from my goal. Ive heard people say music theory helps with this because you can more consciously decide on the structure of your melody than if you are putting together a melody by ear... What do you think? Any insights would be most appreciated.