Well, school's out for me. To celebrate, I sat down with the tracker/modular synth program SunVox and knocked out this in a few hours. It's certainly not a finished piece--mostly, I was just having fun playing around now that I have the time to. But I think there are some solid ideas in here that could be expanded into a full piece, and I'd like to hear what you think.
The trick that kicked off this piece for me was running the percussive sound at the beginning through a chain of echo modules with different delay times, which creates an erratic cloud of echoes. This then became a drone underneath the rest of the piece. The beat is mainly made using SunVox's basic drum synth, although I did include a drum sound of my own.
On the subject, I would really highly recommend SunVox to anyone interested in electronic music. It's freeware, and while there is somewhat of a sharp learning curve at the start, it's pretty versatile once you get the hang of it.
Constructive criticism would be very much appreciated, and make sure to check out my other music.