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Old 22-10-2014, 02:34 AM   #1
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Algorithmic rhythms generation techniques

Hi guys,
i'm currently digging algorithmic composition with focus on rhythms, and I wonder which are your strategies in timed events/triggers generation. Euclidean rhythms? Markov chains? macro sequencing with micro randomness? probably distributed events with hi level controls?
What, how and why?

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Old 24-10-2014, 04:42 AM   #2
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Re: Algorithmic rhythms generation techniques

You have three sounds. Random number generator makes a list from one to three. Input data. Wonder where it all went wrong.

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Re: Algorithmic rhythms generation techniques

I've done euclidean rhythms, probability and intensity on set rhythmic rules, random switching between decided/own made patterns, partially and totally random beats, etc.
I personally like xoxos midi generative plugins alot (aswell as his synths and effects), which are also free.
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It's also fun to adress generative controllers to other parameters on synths and effects for more organic/evolving sound.

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Old 25-10-2014, 01:17 AM   #4
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Re: Algorithmic rhythms generation techniques

I've never been able to get those plugins to work, Populus in particular. No idea what I'm doing wrong.

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Re: Algorithmic rhythms generation techniques

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I've never been able to get those plugins to work, Populus in particular. No idea what I'm doing wrong.
Yeah, it can be a bit tricky. As they are midi plugins, they send midi info. You set the midi track to recieve info from the xoxos plugin (instead of your midi keyboard/padcontrol/etc). Then the individual xoxs plugins send on different midi channels, which might not correlate to the midi channel that the synth/sampler plugin is recieving. This is usually where it fucks up for me.

I've also read that some DAWs have trouble doing this (recieving midi from a midi plugin). I use them in Cubase and Jeskola Buzz without any problem though.

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Re: Algorithmic rhythms generation techniques

personnaly i use max4live and make some script that send midi note.
add some random every 3 time of four and iteratively.
and use some probability parameter to the note like velocity.
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Re: Algorithmic rhythms generation techniques

Try using L-systems (e.g. A->AB, B->A) or turning a fractional number into binary.

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Re: Algorithmic rhythms generation techniques

Personally, I'm really liking Kymatica's Sector at the moment and I'm working on creating something similar in M4L. It gives you the tools to randomize like mad but also to bring everything back under control so you can get something useful out of it. If you've got an iPad, I'd check it out for inspiration.

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