Are there any particular modes, progressions, chord types or "strategies" that are used frequently in post-rock bands such as mogwai, explosions in the sky, god is an astronaught, signal hill, bonobo, bitcrush...and so on

since the sounds from these bands can vary ALOT...
to be more specific, songs that are more mellow, calming, slow, mesmerizing, soothing, and whatnot

i'm sort of looking for some writing inspiration, i've been getting all these really jazzy sounding chords pounded into my head and the sound isn't what i'm looking for

i guess ill link a few videos if you don't really understand what i mean (which you probably don't since i phrase questions poorly)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHO6pbjQ9ec- Mogwai- Take me Somewhere Nice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtD83arCtbU -EITS- Glittering Blackness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZltd_nz2ag -God is an Astronaught - Suicide by

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDjey6e4gMs -Bitcrush- Post

sorry if this is the wrong place to post this.

On a side note,does anyone know how to get the seemingly frequently used distant "ambience" sort of backround music
Last edited by Themann810 at Nov 8, 2009,
Use any scale you want; don't overlook things like tempo, instrumentation and timbre. These are the things that really set the mood of a piece.
Timbre = Different tone colours or sounds. Sometimes just a sound can be the beginning of a piece E.g the ping at the start of Echoes by Pink Floyd.

Just don't overlook things like this, it's not all about scales.