There’s a long tradition of using random or ‘aleatory’ techniques in electronic music. Composers have used randomness in the composition process, random elements in performance instructions and electronics to introduce randomness.
In this video tutorial, How To Random, Chris Randall (Analog Industries, Sister Machine Gun) shares some of the techniques he uses to incorporate random elements into his electronic music tracks.
He discusses several applications (links below). But Randall also demonstrates that using randomness, without sounding completely random, depends more on the decisions and judgement that you bring as a composer and performer.
Resources mentioned in the video:
- Cycling ’74 M: https://cycling74.com/products/m/
- Audio Damage Replicant and Automaton: http://www.audiodamage.com
- Reaktorplayer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/reaktorplayer (Great source for daily links to algorithmic and random compositional tools, among other things.)
Are you using random elements in your electronic music? If so, leave a comment and share what you are doing!