Looking at the 'big composition' for 2023

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Martin Walker wrote: Sun Mar 19, 2023 3:57 pm
Ben Asaro wrote: Sun Mar 19, 2023 1:05 pm I recorded about an hour of whole cloth audio yesterday with the idea of curating a small section as a loop...

Well I learned a new concept today, but it makes perfect sense!

I cannot stake any claim to this technique, I've always assumed that was how generative compositions were done!
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For today's experimentation, I made this:

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I've torn down the patch and will try using this conversion I made from Euclidean Circles to step sequencer patterns to manually create a Euclidean melody with a single voice. Stay tuned!
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Re: Looking at the 'big composition' for 2023

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Ben Asaro wrote: Sun Mar 19, 2023 4:48 pm
Martin Walker wrote: Sun Mar 19, 2023 3:57 pm
Ben Asaro wrote: Sun Mar 19, 2023 1:05 pm I recorded about an hour of whole cloth audio yesterday with the idea of curating a small section as a loop...

Well I learned a new concept today, but it makes perfect sense!

I cannot stake any claim to this technique, I've always assumed that was how generative compositions were done!

Oh yes, I do a lot of the same myself - it was the 'whole cloth' description that was new to me ;)
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Re: Looking at the 'big composition' for 2023

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Martin Walker wrote: Sun Mar 19, 2023 5:01 pm
Ben Asaro wrote: Sun Mar 19, 2023 4:48 pm
Martin Walker wrote: Sun Mar 19, 2023 3:57 pm
Ben Asaro wrote: Sun Mar 19, 2023 1:05 pm I recorded about an hour of whole cloth audio yesterday with the idea of curating a small section as a loop...

Well I learned a new concept today, but it makes perfect sense!

I cannot stake any claim to this technique, I've always assumed that was how generative compositions were done!

Oh yes, I do a lot of the same myself - it was the 'whole cloth' description that was new to me ;)

lol that's an oooooold phrase; dunno if it's uniquely American! :D

"Where did we get the phrase "cut from the whole cloth?" The phrase goes back to the 1400s and refers to a piece of broadcloth, something made from the original bolt of fabric and not cobbled together from bits or pieces or patched bits, like most of my clothes."

Well it outdates America by a few centuries. :D
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Re: Looking at the 'big composition' for 2023

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Or "Or the Emporer's Got no Cloths" ?
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Re: Looking at the 'big composition' for 2023

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Inching closer to something acceptable! https://audio.com/don-music/euclidean-melody-v3-1
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Re: Looking at the 'big composition' for 2023

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Hey Ben,

I've been a bit distracted of late with things outside the forum (nothing bad, just super busy) but I just caught up on the topic and listened to the latest audio you posted.

I absolutely love it! That ominous and evocative background growl is the perfect bed for the lead motif to develop against and to get so much movement into the same repeated drone and theme such that the end sounds so different to the start is wonderful.

Bravo mate and keep doing what you're doing because I think it's epic :clap::clap::clap:
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Re: Looking at the 'big composition' for 2023

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Ben Asaro wrote: Sun Mar 19, 2023 4:47 pm
Arpangel wrote: Sun Mar 19, 2023 2:04 pm This way of working is so hit and miss,

Totally agree!

you just have to keep going until something you like comes up, with my tape delay stuff, most of it gets binned, but it’s worth hanging on for the surprises.

For a stand-alone solo composition I might actually consider recording reams and reams of audio and then parse through it hoping to catch lightning in a bottle. However I'm actually trying to come up with a workflow that I can use in collaboration with other musicians and the hunt-and-peck method won't work, unfortunately.

I know what you mean, with my delay/looping system, it’s a bit like trying to steer a super tanker, things happen very slowly, change slowly, in a live situation with others I’m looking for something different, something agile, and responsive, capable of "turning on a dime"
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Re: Looking at the 'big composition' for 2023

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Eddy Deegan wrote: Mon Mar 20, 2023 1:33 am Hey Ben,

I've been a bit distracted of late with things outside the forum (nothing bad, just super busy) but I just caught up on the topic and listened to the latest audio you posted.

I absolutely love it! That ominous and evocative background growl is the perfect bed for the lead motif to develop against and to get so much movement into the same repeated drone and theme such that the end sounds so different to the start is wonderful.

Bravo mate and keep doing what you're doing because I think it's epic :clap::clap::clap:

Thanks, Eddy! And thanks for always being so supportive!
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Re: Looking at the 'big composition' for 2023

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Arpangel wrote: Mon Mar 20, 2023 7:40 am
I know what you mean, with my delay/looping system, it’s a bit like trying to steer a super tanker, things happen very slowly, change slowly, in a live situation with others I’m looking for something different, something agile, and responsive, capable of "turning on a dime"

Yes, this, 1,000%!!!
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Re: Looking at the 'big composition' for 2023

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Today's testing will be to take a basic loop using the table from yesterday and start turning it into something I can use for musique concrete.

I also quickly realized a flaw in the table yesterday: I didn't put in a conversion to hex for the NerdSeq. :headbang: This meant I had to do constant calculations in my head, which is not equipped for maths. :D

So I revised the table today and added a column that shows the number of pulses, as well.

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Re: Looking at the 'big composition' for 2023

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Ben - have you ever explored any of the Conway's Game Of Life' generative sequencers? Your most recent screenshot is starting to remind me of such creations:

Here's Newscool for NI's Reaktor:

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...and Reason's Life Generative Sequencer:
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