At the beginning of Instruments of Darkness, Art of Noise plays with the reverb (big reverb/no reverb) on the snare drum, as if they were moving the drummer from a small room to a cathedral and vice-versa.
I remember their “Moments in Love“, a masterpiece in this “no genre” (where is this music today?).
So : 3 notes, in an infinite loop. This is no music at all, only weaving sounds and reverb. The Fairlight (the whhoo-whhoo sound) in the reverb, the bass very flat, like an anchor.
And they play again with the reverb/no reverb with the “Kling” anvil perc (they begin at 5:14). Just after this, the appearing Beatbox Bass Drum is dry like hell, stuck to your ears. At 6:52, a strange break is flat too, slowly like tempted by reverberations. I love these production games as a thinker. You have to love to analyze and dissect music to do that. But you are, if you’re reading this, right? If you have headphones, you’ll be amazed by the way it’s all “placed” in the sound scene…
There are many levers to activate when you produce music. I really like to do it “visually”, as if there was a music stage in front of you.