The idea of using chance, probability and generative systems in music making is nothing new, but tools to accomplish these things have certainly become more common of late.
Just look at some recent gear highlights – Novation Launchpad Pro, Arturia KeyStep Pro, Elektron Model Cycles, Korg opsix and Wavestate all come equipped with some kind of randomiser or probability-driven feature. It seems these tools that have long been popular in the modular realm are making their way into mainstream music gear. But why should we care?
As we dig into in this issue’s cover feature, far from just being a lazy way to auto-generate sounds, adding a bit of chance and unpredictably to your music making can be a great way to inspire creativity, add variation and generate ‘happy accidents’ you might not discover otherwise.
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Fraser T. Smith – The hitmaker behind a swathe of recent UK success stories – from Adele to Kano – on his new project Future Utopia
A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Stars Of The Lid veteran Adam Wiltzie on ambient composition and soundtrack creation
Luke Abbott – The Boarder Community mainstay on creating his latest LP
The Track: DJOKO – The German producer creates a groovy slice of minimal house from scratch
Classic Album – Amon Tobin on his field recording-stuffed classic Foley Room
Ordered Chaos – Let the machines do the work – our guide to creative use of random tools, probability sequencing and generative synthesis
Producer’s Guide – We dive into the new features of Ableton Live 11
Retrospective – Exploring the origins of dub
Sequential Pro 3
Korg Volca Sample 2
JZ Microphones Signature BB29
Roundup: Freeware Compressors
Steinberg Cubase Pro 11
Celemony Melodyne 5
AAS Chromaphone 3
Arpeggiated Drums – We take an alternative approach to beat sequencing for this pack of grooving loops and lines created purely with percussive arp patterns
Clicks, Skips & Glitch – Turn unwanted artefacts into out-there FX with this pack of raw, processed and sequenced glitches and stutters
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