Liquid Notes, the “intelligent composing assistant,” has been updated to add its own library of instruments and a track assignment editor.
Liquid Notes is an app that integrates “music intelligence” algorithms based on the theory of harmony: chords, scales/melody, and harmonic movement. These algorithms assist the user during the music production workflow: from finding the basic chord progressions to applying complex multi-track alterations to a composition.
The library includes basic instruments, ranging from percussion to bass, leads, pads, mallets, classical instruments, and a variety of other sounds. The addition comes in handy when composing without connecting to a sequencer, as the new features allow the user to work without one.
Avantgarde Audio released this promo for enChord, a new app for Lemur on the iPad that the developer describes as ‘a 21st century MIDI control super instrument”:
enChord is a truly innovative application that lets you design harmonically perfect chords using all of the most popular music scales in the world with the assistance of one-touch chord progression analysis and scale modulation analysis, for you to either compose music, perform music (using the included innovative PadBoard and TileBoard MIDI controllers), or BOTH by utilizing this completely innovative when it comes to user-friendly interaction for performing and writing music.
The MIDI controller app combines dynamic ‘chord-organ’ functionality, music theory and some interesting user interface ideas.
Club Of The Knobs has introduced the C969 Euclidean Bi-Clock Sequencer, a new modular for Moog style modular synthesizers.
The Euclidean sequencer is a 4-channel gate sequencer, ‘specially suited for he creation of poly-rhythms’. Each sequence can be from 2 to 32 steps in length.
In addition to delivering the gate sequence to two outputs, the ‘silent steps’ in the sequence are available via a ‘Silence Gate Out’.
The idea of ‘Euclidean Rhythms’ was discussed by computer scientist Godfried Toussaint in his paper The Euclidean Algorithm Generates Traditional Musical Rhythms (pdf). He argues that the Euclidean algorithm may be used to generate ‘a large family of rhythms used as timelines (ostinatos), in sub-Saharan African music in particular, and world music in general. These rhythms have the property that their onset patterns are distributed as evenly as possible.’
Liquid Notes is a new music production tool, which works both standalone or with your DAW, that assists you with chords, scales, and harmonic movement.
Liquid Notes analyzes your music harmonically, and then lets you rearrange it by substituting chords, altering their functions, adding tensions, building chord progressions, playing melody lines, improvising, and more. This lets you rapidly try out new ideas for your compositions.
The basic concept behind it is that most “classic” dance music is so formulaic it should be easy for a computer to generate. Generating all patterns and sequences from a small set of rules the unit is able to deliver new and original tracks in realtime.
The original implementation ran autonomously but the tracks lacked the (often criticized as predictable) build up/down structure so critical in forming a flow. Rather than trying to implement such a complex concept in such a simple and elegant piece of code I decided this task should be performed by a human.
Here’s what it sounds like using a trance sound set: