The latest loopop video takes a look at 20 techniques for creating generative music.
The video takes inspiration from Brian Eno‘s concept of Generative Music. Eno has been creating systems for generating music since the 70’s.
While he initially applied this approach to ambient music, on albums like Music For Airports, his later work has explored creating systems for generating other types of music, too.
This video looks at exploring this concept, using a variety of hardware and software systems, ranging from iOS apps to desktop DAWs and modular synthesizers.
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