Okay. Transitions. This is a huge pet peeve of mine, so I'm going to toss in a whole bunch of ideas.
For orchestral music:
-The EXTREMELY classic cymbal roll.
-The also EXTREMELY classic string swell.
-Quick timpani rolls with little spaces between them. Think percussive sliced pad.
-Quick percussive sounds in the strings/horns, pause, chord, next section.
-Staccato melody about half a measure before transitioning.
-Ritardando at the end of a melody.
-Fermata on the last note of a melody along with a cymbal roll or swell.
-Bring new element about a quarter-measure before the next section.
Guessing that's all you need, but in case you want ideas for other things...
For electronic music:
-Reversed sound effects.
-White noise swell.
-Pause everything with a super-reverbed high or low end hit.
-Pitch slide pads.
-Sudden new element.
-Increase distortion gradually on an instrument.
-Pause everything with a random sound effect like a cat meow.
-Drumroll or just drum solo.
-Fake an ending with a crash, then reverse the crash and snap back into the song. Note: I've rarely heard this done correctly. Use with caution and a ton of double-checking.
Cutting that list short because there are a lot more possibilities within them and orchestral transitions can work in this as well.
REMEMBER: Jayenare had it right. Listen to as much music as possible within the genre you're making, or heck, even out of the genre you're making. You could come up with a good original idea, and you'll probably be able to figure out a whole bunch of other techniques for doing transitions.
Some songs with awesome transitions (and yes, I'm tooting my own horn with some of these because I work harder on transitions than most things - putting a variety of music in here though, so hopefully this won't count as advertising :P):
- 4.50 / 5.00
- General Rock
- 2,569 Views
A very groovy chillout/nu jazz piece with a tasty bassline and a heavy shuffle feel.
- 4.33 / 5.00
- 5,612 Views
A song made for my school project. (3:49)
- 4.54 / 5.00
- 5,013 Views
~SW~ Depth Charge
Take a breather, sit down, have a listen. We have cookies.
- 4.55 / 5.00
- 645 Views
http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/419683 (specific transition in the author's comments, but plenty in there overall)
http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/512537 (more specifically the way the drums come in at the beginning is genius)
- 4.55 / 5.00
- 842 Views
I think that's good enough. Hope this is helpful.