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Meander

By Devieus on March 29, 2016 9:07 pm

The chorus is starting to be a thing now, all synced up and everyone's playing nice with each other. I had to up the minimums of both the length and the tempo, or it might've ended up in there only once, which completely subverts the point of choruses.

I don't like the ending, just two bass note bars, but I'm not sure what to do with it; I could take the easy way out and end with the chorus, but I'm not doing that.

It's probably closer to three bass note bars.

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April 8, 2016 8:37 pm

Nicely direct for a meander ::)

April 10, 2016 4:36 pm

Procedurally-generated you say? What are you doing this in, and do you specify parameters at all, or is it entirely random? There's some interesting ideas in this track. The instrument choice is somewhat eclectic though, I feel that I'd be happier if it was all synth I think. The pizzicato of the violins is such a huge contrast to the hectic and frantic feeling of the rest of the track. If it was a little more atonal though I'd think it was a Bartok composition. It was a really cool experience to listen to.

April 10, 2016 10:35 pm
Arcana wrote:

Procedurally-generated you say? What are you doing this in, and do you specify parameters at all, or is it entirely random? There's some interesting ideas in this track. The instrument choice is somewhat eclectic though, I feel that I'd be happier if it was all synth I think. The pizzicato of the violins is such a huge contrast to the hectic and frantic feeling of the rest of the track. If it was a little more atonal though I'd think it was a Bartok composition. It was a really cool experience to listen to.


Python (since my WeeklyBeats downloader is also Python), ABC notation and Musescore. First I define all notes, then I define the scales from those notes. The lead chooses a note from the scale, the next note should be within 5 notes from the previous note on the scale. The bass is always playing the first note from the lead of that bar, unless there is none, then it uses the tonic of the scale. The drums are random, but looped 10 times for each sequence.

During the chorus, the process is mostly the same, except the first lead is swapped for the second.

I do choose the instruments though. If I could somehow import it into LMMS, the instruments would be much better, but I can only use SF2 files in musescore. Or I could make a synthesizer for Python, but that's a bit beyond the scope of the project; either that or borrow one, but other than the use of music21 to turn ABC files into XML files, it's all my code. Even that can be replaced, but XML is such a clusterfuck compared to ABC notation.

Stick around for next week when I introduce paired notes, it's much more harmonious.

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