At 1/17/13 08:24 PM, SineRider wrote:
Speaking of creating ambient music, I just recently started making generative or aleatoric music. Basically the music plays itself and I don't do any sort of notation or sequencing. It's really cool idea and fun to experiment with. Has anyone else tried this before?
I made a short album designed for sleeping where most of the tracks were generative. I find the challenge is coming up with something that isn't completely atonal or random sounding. I did all my tracks in Reason 5.0 and solely used the Thor module because of the built in step sequencer. I tried lots of tricks like, routing the LFO's cv to modulate the sequencers rate to really give it a loose feel.
I think it's an interesting idea and has potential. You could surely use that technique to build up something even more surreal and layered, maybe just as an intermezzo between rhythmic parts in a song, make it insane, make it intense. :D Right now, your work reminds me of Brian Eno/Harold Budd's "Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror"... only with less pianos.
'Cause you know, I'd rather view that mini-album as a starting point for something evolved and more mature than just a couple of randomly generated pads and bells, haha. Jk. Well, you can achieve more or less the same effect by recording yourself playing the keyboard and mashing black keys only. XD Soo "exotic" huh?
Jokes apart, I've been training on Thor too recently - speaking of drones and randomness, and I've noticed how versatile this device can be. You can really make a symphony with just sine waves (oh, the irony...) and programming a particular sound to repeat at some point in time, change in tone/octave or bounce between left and right... It's really a great device, I love it. That + Combinator.