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By lysdexic on January 12, 2020 5:57 pm

This week I wanted to experiment with Feedback FM synthesis as the basis of a generative system in MaxMSP. I used three voices of FFM quantised to a minor pentatonic scale and modulated parameters of each to move each voice in and out of harmonic territory using varying slow envelopes triggered independently. Feeding the signal back into itself pushes the FM voice into noise rapidly, it's a bit wild and unpredictable but there's certain combinations of parameter settings with mod amount and mod frequency that can produce interesting rhythms and textures beyond basic FM. I would like to dig a bit deeper into this at another time.

Ended up going for a drone vibe to let the sounds evolve over time, in the future I might make a drum synth out of this patch and develop it further.

Fans of DOS games in the mid nineties might like the timbre of the sounds here, the classic FM tones will sound familiar.

This submission is licensed by author under CC Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works (BY-NC-ND)

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January 13, 2020 1:13 am

Nice experiment with good results.  Some great tones in there.  I was working on a Max track only the other day.  Love that software.
Keen to hear more!

January 13, 2020 1:41 am

An exploration into everything S O N I C, fantastic stuff smile

January 14, 2020 11:07 pm

When I read about pentatonic scales I impulsively wanted to run away and hide. There's some really nice Vangelis vibes in the first bit. Is this, like your first one, recorded in Audacity rather than using sfrecord~ or the buffer~ and save objects? Solid work.

January 14, 2020 11:21 pm
rdomain wrote:

Nice experiment with good results.  Some great tones in there.  I was working on a Max track only the other day.  Love that software.
Keen to hear more!

Nice! Keen to hear more max stuff smile


Mortistar wrote:

An exploration into everything S O N I C, fantastic stuff smile

Cheers mortistar smile I'm really interested in trying to find the middle ground between "noise" and "music"

fc wrote:

When I read about pentatonic scales I impulsively wanted to run away and hide. There's some really nice Vangelis vibes in the first bit. Is this, like your first one, recorded in Audacity rather than using sfrecord~ or the buffer~ and save objects? Solid work.

hahaha yeah, i went for a really obvious scale to offset the chance stuff. for me i really like the "chorus" part of this song with the short delays in the middle -  think it gives it an apex in the structure before going back to where it started. not sure if that translates over to other listeners or not but that's why i selected this section out of ~1 hour of recorded wav

I use audacity simply so I don't have to import the wav for editing out of disk or ram recording in max (and to minimise the overhead of the patch) these jams i'll let record for around an hour then hunt around for a section I like. Next few weeks i'm keen to use counters to plot out sections in time rather than going completely freeform

February 5, 2020 10:06 am

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