Simple tips to create space in music?
I got a bunch of nerd friends making music all the time. They all do is separately. But they aren't very good at keep the music from entering the competitive biles of the loudness war... Problem is, even when they don't, they are poor at creating space in the music. You are assaulted with undynamic, undifferentiated noises (guitar, synth, whatever). There are just no surprises when you get introduced to a new part of the song.
Anyway... I would appreciate some lamen, simple, concepts I can relay to them. I personally intuitively feel like panning, stereo width, reverb, envelope, all need to be played with for everything in order to achieve a soundscape that doesn't sound a fancy kids toy in front of a musician. A lot of that is limitation on space and recording equipment; but then again if you don't even use a microphone to capture sounds, not an option.
Pfft, so how can I brake this down into simple talk, simple ideas? Most of the time when I say space in the music, like negative space, no one knows what I'm talking about.