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Eao Kamo

By Devieus on January 19, 2020 12:48 pm

Now with sections. There's an intro, an outro, a bridge, and choruses. It still needs some tweaks to get the positioning right on some bits and get the drum generator to generate for the sections (I did that by hand this time), but it's definitely congealing to something like a song.

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January 20, 2020 12:21 am

abstract AF. very fun to listen to as always!

January 20, 2020 12:27 am

There's something so magical about all of these pieces, always waiting for the next bit of harmony to sound out before being taken away instantly heart Super fun to listen to

January 20, 2020 12:31 am

Lots of bass tones, comes out really clean I like it! One of the drums in this one reminds me of the sound my Macintosh LC would make when loading floppies, instant nostalgic value added!

January 20, 2020 12:37 am

January 20, 2020 12:46 am

That sounds so very nice and clean. Your process sounds really interesting

January 20, 2020 12:54 am

Really cool. As suggested above, the elements of dissonance really make the harmonious moments satisfying!

January 20, 2020 2:24 am

Patterns emerging out of the randomness. That pause at the beginning through me but is cool.  What's happening there in regards to how the music was generated?

January 20, 2020 2:44 am

Neat!  This has some nice contrast of range to it.

January 20, 2020 10:14 am

The different sections really bring this one to life.

January 20, 2020 12:24 pm
Wisefire wrote:

abstract AF. very fun to listen to as always!


Thanks, I agree.

Mortistar wrote:

There's something so magical about all of these pieces, always waiting for the next bit of harmony to sound out before being taken away instantly <3 Super fun to listen to


Guess I won't need to program that in anymore. It's not quite the vision I had for it, but it's something.

Gab Manette wrote:

Lots of bass tones, comes out really clean I like it! One of the drums in this one reminds me of the sound my Macintosh LC would make when loading floppies, instant nostalgic value added!


I think it's the SFXR one, I can give you parameters if you want it.

Ipaghost wrote:


Well, not quite, the spacing isn't quite there, but it's definitely crawling all over.

ngineer wrote:

That sounds so very nice and clean. Your process sounds really interesting


LMMS does me well.

Simon Koehn wrote:

Really cool. As suggested above, the elements of dissonance really make the harmonious moments satisfying!


You can't make this shit up, you really need a random generator to play in all modes at once. Though I did make sure it started with some harmony.

NWSPR wrote:

Patterns emerging out of the randomness. That pause at the beginning through me but is cool.  What's happening there in regards to how the music was generated?


I moved the sections up a bar. The way it works right now is that it composes sections individually and places them in patterns. The idea is that these patterns are placed in the right order, but right now it's just stacking them in one place, so I had to manually shift things.

Reilly Farrell wrote:

Neat!  This has some nice contrast of range to it.


I think it's 3 octaves for every track, but one of them had to be transposed an octave or two down or it'd be too shrill. And that's how I got a bass track.
I can do something with this for sure.

Ryan wrote:

The different sections really bring this one to life.


I concur.

January 20, 2020 6:40 pm
Devieus wrote:


I think it's the SFXR one, I can give you parameters if you want it.

Oh yes please, that'd be swell!

January 20, 2020 7:08 pm
Gab Manette wrote:
Devieus wrote:


I think it's the SFXR one, I can give you parameters if you want it.

Oh yes please, that'd be swell!


If it's the high pitched one, it's actually Nescaline, the NES sound plugin in LMMS. So if you ever find yourself using a NES-like plugin, it's the noise channel, frequency 5, env on at 0 length and alternative noise mode.

SFXR is actually the hi-hat.

January 20, 2020 7:19 pm
Devieus wrote:


If it's the high pitched one, it's actually Nescaline, the NES sound plugin in LMMS. So if you ever find yourself using a NES-like plugin, it's the noise channel, frequency 5, env on at 0 length and alternative noise mode.

SFXR is actually the hi-hat.

Perfect, I got just the thing (chipsounds), I'll input that in when I get home, thanks again!

January 21, 2020 5:29 am

Interesting output, definitely the weirdest chip i've heard in a while! Trying to get my head around what you're attempting with the harmony but it sounds pretty cool. Might benefit from more space/rests in the sequencing as you're using the same instrument (or at least the same timbral quality) for all the voices so they smear across each other and lose definition without silences smile

Keen to see how you develop this as wb goes on

January 21, 2020 10:42 am
lysdexic wrote:

Interesting output, definitely the weirdest chip i've heard in a while! Trying to get my head around what you're attempting with the harmony but it sounds pretty cool. Might benefit from more space/rests in the sequencing as you're using the same instrument (or at least the same timbral quality) for all the voices so they smear across each other and lose definition without silences smile

Keen to see how you develop this as wb goes on


I haven't gotten around to making an algorithm for the melody yet. All in good time. At some point I'll probably double up on the instruments for the sections. However as long as the scale is right at least the result will sound alright.

January 22, 2020 8:45 am

Nice to see how this is evolving!
It feels a bit more complete every week...
The bridge? where the drums stop is real nice.
For my taste drums could be a bit louder maybe...
What‘s about the melodica? Hope you bring it back this year smile

January 22, 2020 9:57 am
theGuen wrote:

Nice to see how this is evolving!
It feels a bit more complete every week...
The bridge? where the drums stop is real nice.
For my taste drums could be a bit louder maybe...
What‘s about the melodica? Hope you bring it back this year smile


No melodica this year for WeeklyBeats, but maybe I'll put something on Audius.
I'll see about boosting those drums.

January 22, 2020 11:16 am
Devieus wrote:

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No melodica this year for WeeklyBeats, but maybe I'll put something on Audius.
I'll see about boosting those drums.


Oh you mean that streaming platform? Please give me a note when you release something...

January 23, 2020 10:29 pm

January 24, 2020 7:11 pm

As I mentioned before, you are moving closer and closer to the secret algorithms of Johann Sebastian Bach. It is no fun anymore.

January 25, 2020 5:44 pm

An enjoyable listen. I like feeling the bass as it pops in and out.

January 25, 2020 6:53 pm

Thank you algorithm for another tune. You're doing great!

This one is lovely, I'm very impressed by how it's developing. What's the generator's name btw?

January 25, 2020 8:55 pm

I like the sense of order emerging from chaos I get from this.

January 26, 2020 12:52 am

i'm always intrigued by what you are doing with this .
It almost seems to me as if our work processes are diametrically opposed, since you are a bit
of a 'divine watchmaker' carefully setting up a process which then unfolds on its own, whereas
everything i do is layered improvisation which builds upon itself and is revealed only moment by
moment as i'm actually playing it.  Very interesting.!
By the way, i think the geneartor's name is Jane...  smile

January 26, 2020 9:48 am
kaedo sevaada wrote:

I'm personally getting more of an autumn feel myself.

Q-Rosh wrote:

As I mentioned before, you are moving closer and closer to the secret algorithms of Johann Sebastian Bach. It is no fun anymore.

That music theory, baby!

Anon_Buster wrote:

An enjoyable listen. I like feeling the bass as it pops in and out.

It feels you too.

hieme wrote:

Thank you algorithm for another tune. You're doing great!

This one is lovely, I'm very impressed by how it's developing. What's the generator's name btw?

Praise be the algorithm.

I don't think I've got a name for it, I'm open for suggestions though.

CosmicCairns wrote:

I like the sense of order emerging from chaos I get from this.

Throw enough chaos at stuff and it'll resemble order somewhere.

frostyjr2 wrote:

i'm always intrigued by what you are doing with this .
It almost seems to me as if our work processes are diametrically opposed, since you are a bit
of a 'divine watchmaker' carefully setting up a process which then unfolds on its own, whereas
everything i do is layered improvisation which builds upon itself and is revealed only moment by
moment as i'm actually playing it.  Very interesting.!
By the way, i think the geneartor's name is Jane...  smile

Interesting and absolutely true. I think I do it this way because I like to keep an eye on the bigger picture and I have much greater control over that when I control the minutia of the generator.
If I work on a DAW or even a tracker, I sometimes wish I could do all instruments at once. This seems to be the only way I can.
Maybe I can work on that, but this seems to be going just fine for now.

I don't know about Jane, it's probably better than what it's called on Github, but not as cool as "Awesomebot MMXX".

January 26, 2020 11:46 am

"Awesomebot MMXX" works, and is cool... but she'll always be just plain Jane to me.
Like Jenny from the block...
you're awesome too, btw!
*giggle*

January 26, 2020 2:49 pm

This is cool. The bass tones are nice. I really like when the dissonance falls away to reveal more pleasant melodies. It creates an interesting contract.

I dig those drum tones and wish they were a bit higher in the mix!

January 26, 2020 8:36 pm

Interesting track, something quite nice emerges from the initial cacophonous cocoon.

January 26, 2020 9:02 pm
frostyjr2 wrote:

"Awesomebot MMXX" works, and is cool... but she'll always be just plain Jane to me.
Like Jenny from the block...
you're awesome too, btw!
*giggle*

Oh you.

roboctopus wrote:

This is cool. The bass tones are nice. I really like when the dissonance falls away to reveal more pleasant melodies. It creates an interesting contract.

I dig those drum tones and wish they were a bit higher in the mix!

That's been fixed in the next iteration.

Sodabelly wrote:

Interesting track, something quite nice emerges from the initial cacophonous cocoon.

That's definitely something to aim for.

January 26, 2020 10:58 pm

I love generative music so much. Really interesting to hear the harmonic choices and everything. This is a great idea! Can't wait to see what the other weeks will bring.

January 27, 2020 4:06 pm
Devieus wrote:


Praise be the algorithm.
I don't think I've got a name for it, I'm open for suggestions though.

Hmmm names are a pretty important thing, but if I may, I can't help thinking of mechanical calendars and astronomical instruments, given that this is an algorithm developing over a year in a weekly program. Suggestions: Thera (from the antikythera mechanism or Hanus (the clock maker).


January 27, 2020 7:01 pm
Shorebound wrote:

I love generative music so much. Really interesting to hear the harmonic choices and everything. This is a great idea! Can't wait to see what the other weeks will bring.

Me too.

hieme wrote:
Devieus wrote:


Praise be the algorithm.
I don't think I've got a name for it, I'm open for suggestions though.

Hmmm names are a pretty important thing, but if I may, I can't help thinking of mechanical calendars and astronomical instruments, given that this is an algorithm developing over a year in a weekly program. Suggestions: Thera (from the antikythera mechanism or Hanus (the clock maker).

"Hanus" is too close to "anus", so that's a gentle pass. I'm also trying to stay away from the anitkythera mechanism tropes; while interesting, it's not quite what I'm trying to do here.
If anything I'd like it to be its own thing, not named after someone else.

February 9, 2020 11:03 am

Really love the contrast between dissonance and harmony - makes for intense but satisfying listening

February 9, 2020 6:32 pm
Abludo wrote:

Really love the contrast between dissonance and harmony - makes for intense but satisfying listening

It's nothing if not interesting, satisfying is a matter of opinion.

February 9, 2020 8:16 pm

There is a lot of nuance coming out of some seemingly simple ingredients here. Your melody generator is doing some interesting stuff.

February 9, 2020 8:25 pm
license wrote:

There is a lot of nuance coming out of some seemingly simple ingredients here. Your melody generator is doing some interesting stuff.

There's no melody generator here. These are just random notes from a scale.

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