How do those electronic artists like aphex twin, squarepusher, modeselektor, bjork, (and now) radiohead make their beats? I assume that these artists don't just merely use samples like a lot of DJs but that they actually create their own beats using software. I love the compact (and often mind bending - see aphex twin above) sound of electronic beats and want to have a dabble with making my own beats. But I don't know where to begin I must confess my ignorence of digital music tools. I am very much an analogue musician - i have a guitar, a bass and a drum kit. I don't know or understand anything about protools etc... What (preferably free/cheap if at all possible) software do I need to get started? Im just looking to create something using my PB without having to buy any extra peripheral input devices etc.. If you have some cool beats that you have programmed and would be great if you could post a link and tell me what u used to create them and how. I looked at Garbage Band but its looked very primative. Didn't seem that you could muck around that much with beats and looked as if you were constrained to 4/4 (and the mathematical derivatives thereof).