Generative MIDI Effects With Midihub

The latest loopop video takes a look at creating generative music effects using new Midihub platform.

Midihub builds on the concept of the classic 80’s Yamaha MEP4 Processor, a rack-mount module that lets y0u take a MIDI signal, process it multiple ways and then output the new MIDI notes to four hardware MIDI outputs.

The video is the third in a series about generative music-making, inspired by various artists. The first was about phased looping, inspired by Steve Reich and the second included 20 generative ideas and tools inspired by Brian Eno.

This video is heavily inspired by Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds‘ generative software and concepts. Arnalds users MIDI preprocessors to dynamically modify his performances and control two player piano.

Here’s Arnalds explaining his approach:

Here’s Ólafur Arnalds NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert performance:

The loopop video touches on several other options, including Live’s MIDI effects and Squarp’s Pyramid and Hermod, as well as a modular patch created in VCV rack. But the bulk of the concepts are demonstrated using Midihub.

Topics covered:

0:00 Intro
1:25 MIDI effects
2:10 Tools for creating MIDI effects chains
3:25 Midihub
4:35 Simple MIDI effects example
5:30 Creating longer chains
6:45 Parallel chains
9:50 Mapping controllers to control MIDI parameters
11:15 Inverted generative MIDI effect chain idea
14:00 Using modular
14:35 Generative Rudess-style modular patch idea…
16:45 Raindrop pianos MIDI effects chain
18:40 More ideas?

Midihub production is being funded via a crowdfunding project and is available to backers for €114.

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