The Euclidean algorithm is an ancient formula that computes the greatest common divisor of two given integers. It can be used to create a class of rhythms, Euclidean Rhythms, where beats are distributed as evenly as possible across the length of the sequence. Examples of Euclidean Rhythms are common in many types of music – ranging from the four-on-the-floor of dance music to West African bell patterns.
The application of the Euclidean algorithm to rhythm was outlined in a paper by Godfried Toussaint.
The video demonstrates generating Euclidean Rhythm gate patterns with a Qu-Bit Pulsar module, and using them to create rhythmic sequences with a Eurorack modular synthesizer. There are many other modules that have modes for generating Euclidean Rhythms, including the 20 Objects Ardcore, Mutable Instruments Grid, the mxmxmx Ornament & Crime and many others.
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Pulsar is available now for US $289.00.