The Well-Sequenced Synthesizer

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The Well-Sequenced Synthesizer is a series of sequencers that are designed to be physical interfaces to play with traditional music theory.

The sequencers were created by Luisa Pereira, a research fellow at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

The Counterpointer, below, is a cross between an electronic arpeggiator and a baroque music rule book. It takes a melody input and responds with voices that follow the rules of counterpoint:

El Ordenador carves chaos into order by applying constraints to randomly generated chord progressions, inspired by the features of tonality described by Dmitri Tymoczko in A Geometry of Music:

La Mecánica uses a traditional music box mechanism to play back the progressions generated by El Ordenador:

via Luisa Pereira, adafruit

9 thoughts on “The Well-Sequenced Synthesizer

    1. Is this the owner saying I wish I had one of these? These ads must be a joke? This would have been something people would have glazed their eyes over in 1981. These products are terrible!

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      1. These aren’t really products per se, the NYU program is more about using technology in musical art and performance. If there’s demand for these, I imagine the artist may do a kickstarter or something, but the intention is probably more along the lines of an art installation.

        I’ve had a few friends come up through the program, I’d love to see more stuff from Tisch on this website. The results don’t always make sense as a commercial product, but are usually pretty interesting. Anyone in the NY area should make a point of checking out their end of year presentations.

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  1. I think the counter pointer is a great idea, i would totally use that! i could make some sick psytrance melodies with that.

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    1. You can make sick psytrance melodies anyway, look into counterpoint. Not trying to be a smartarse here but if you want to do something properly, study into it. I know soon there’ll be an app for everything but that doesn’t mean we should stop learning. Note I’m not arguing against the existence of these tools – just the approach that says they are the only way to get results.

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