this is an attempt at a "minimalist" modular generative drum machine. it's a small "42HP" case with only seven modules, where i'm using a technique i learned about in this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDyEjh-dviU) for combining drum triggers on the fly.
all rhythms, no melody.
a bit of a polyrhythmic mélange there toward the end.
might get a little long and/or harsh, i totally improvised this and recorded it in one take!
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* erica synths "pico trigg" — i programmed it with several African rhythm patterns
* 2hp "euclid" — euclidean sequence generator (see http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/47726)
* mutable instrument "grids" — "playable" kick/snare/hat pattern generator
* erica synths "pico rnd" — generates an LFO (to modulate # of beats in the euclidean sequence)
* erica synths "pico rnd" — also generates a sample & hold that's synced with the 16-step rhythmic patterns to make grids change up its patterns
* doepfer "switched multiple" — i use this to combine the grids kick & snare patterns with two pico trigg channels and bring both parts in and out
* erica synths "pico drums" #1 — kicks and snares (i actually scan through a couple different kicks throughout), sampled from vinyl records
* erica synths "pico drums" #2 — hihat and euclidean bass/subkick pattern (which i also scan through a bit), the stock set of samples
the output (via erica synths pico out) goes into a strymon "el capistan" delay sorta emulating a roland space echo (with a little spring reverb mixed in)
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Wow this sounds so cool. I love how it weaves in and out of complexity. Nice.
Wow - a one take recording of you and electronic drumming on the fly! That’s true improv
Love how this builds. Despite the lack of melody, it holds the attention of the listener and travels to all these different places. Very cool improv!