MATRIXSYNTH: Modular/Analog "RAM"? How to store generative melodies & rhythms using sample & hold and seq switch

Monday, June 29, 2020

Modular/Analog "RAM"? How to store generative melodies & rhythms using sample & hold and seq switch


0:00 Intro
0:30 Mutate & deviate
1:20 Frozen randomness
2:05 Push-button melody
3:40 How it works
4:20 Storage costs
4:45 Switch sequencing
5:05 Generative controls
5:45 Rhythmic dice roll

Previous parts of this series:

Sampler trick: Steve Reich/William Basinski style phase shifting loops (Digitakt/Model Samples)

"In the early 60’s groundbreaking composer Steve Reich ( pioneered the technique of using different length tape loops (and later musical patterns) in composition. The idea is that two short loops, either identical but one slightly shorter than the other, or completely different, drift in and out of phase to create textures, patterns and rhythms that weren’t there before. This tape loop technique is used by William Basisnki to create wonderful sonic soundscapes, and in the lovely 'Walkman Symphony' by Amulets"

0:00 Intro
0:50 The first loop
1:25 Phased 2nd loop
2:10 Adding texture
2:30 Adding an LFO
3:50 More loops...
4:00 Playing with levels
4:45 Adding effects
5:25 Rhythmic phasing
7:35 More ideas

How to make Brian Eno style Generative Music // 20 ideas & tools // Ableton, Eurorack, Modular, VCV


0:00 Defining Generative

1:05 Simple randomization – Ableton MIDI LFO Max4Live device

2:10 Scaling random pitch – Ableton Random and Scale MIDI effects

2:50 Pitch to modal chords - Harmonaig from Instruo, with arpeggiation by Quaid Megaslope and Boss Bow Tie from ALM playing Rings from Mutable Instruments

4:10 Scaling emotion – KeyStep Arpeggiator and Ableton Scaler playing Piano V2 from Arturia

5:20 LFO to melody – ADDAC506 cycling a generative AD LFO quantized by Harmonaig, into rings

7:00 Turing machines explained with Pigments by Arturia. Modules mentioned are Turing Machine by Music Thing Modular, Ornament and Crime, Marbles, Disting. Other software versions are a Max4Live Turing machine by Encoder Audio and one for Native Instrument’s Reaktor as well.

10:10 Turing to params – shown on Pigments by Arturia

11:15 Combining mod sources - MixVert8r from Voicas combining ADDAC 506 stochastic envelopes with an LFO from Hermod.

13:15 CV/Sequential switch – Boss Bow Tie from ALM receiving a combined LFO and stochastic envelope from ADDAC506 – see patch walk-through for more details.

13:40 Making modes count – Harmonaig from Instruo, NDLR from Conductive Labs, PolyPhase for the iPad

15:50 Rhythmic variation – NDLR from Conductive Labs

16:20 Adding the predictable – Marbles from Mutable Instruments and VCV Drum Kit from Autodafe , Step Divider from Ableton’s Probability pack.

17:40 BPM sync/clock div – VCV Clock divider from Synth Kit, Hermod from Squarp

18:25 Probability gates – Marbles from Mutable Instruments and Ableton Follow Actions

19:50 Merging sequences – Patterning iOS app, Ableton track MIDI assignment

21:35 Logic modules – Rene 2 from Make Noise feeding a Mixer. Logic gates also mentioned are Deopffer A-166 and Disting from Expert Sleepers

22:55 Making safe bets - Melodic Probabiliy from Ableton’s Probability pack

24:20 Omitting notes – Model:Samples from Elektron

24:40 Gate/event variation – MicroFreak from Arturia

25:45 VCV modules - NoteSeq from JW Modules, Gray Code from Squinky Labs, Generative from Amalgamated harmonics, and of course there are VCV versions of Marbles and Music Thing’s Turing Machine.

27:35 Eurorack patch walkthru - ADDAC506, Harmonaig from Instruo, Hermod from Quarp, PanMix from Happy Nerding, 248 VCA and LedRover from Voicas, QPAS and STO from Make Noise, Rings and Plaits from Mutable Instruments, MCO, Boss Bow Tie and Quaid Megaslope from ALM, Ornament and Crime, RackBrute 3U and 6U from Arturia

Generative MIDI Effects Chains, inspired by Ólafur Arnalds (tutorial and chain ideas)

0:00 Intro
1:25 MIDI effects
2:10 Tools for creating MIDI effects chains
3:25 Midihub
4:35 Simple MIDI effects example
5:30 Creating longer chains
6:45 Parallel chains
9:50 Mapping controllers to control MIDI parameters
11:15 Inverted generative MIDI effect chain idea
14:00 Using modular
14:35 Generative Rudess modular patch ideas...
16:45 Raindrop pianos MIDI effects chain
18:40 More ideas?

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