Generative music using Reason and modular synthesizers part 2
In this article about Generative music, I will mainly look at the step sequencer of Thor and what you could do pretty fast to get something going. If you think simple you will realize pretty fast that the step sequencer of Thor comes with a setting called random playback on the step sequencer itself. The issue that sometimes comes back to me, random playback is defined by a random seed value and based on this value it will play the sequencer in a random state. Now sure, this might be really your thing to do, or sometimes it may not. Overall the random features come with lack of control over what is really happening. This type of composition is usually a combination of having something random, based on logical terms (OR, AND, IF, XOR etc) to make changes in the music based on those logical operators. While reason by default (without Rack Extensions that is) is not the best environment it work. However, you can get pretty with just a few limitations you will be having. So that is what we'll be doing today, throwing in different ideas with having the limitations we have and try to create generative music.
Generative music using Reason and modular synthesizers part 1
Generative music using Reason could be done since Reason 4.0. There is the option to use an LFO and throw this against a drum machine (Redrum Drum computer). While at the same time you can also use the Thor step sequencer. You can use the Matrix Pattern Step sequencer to scale the note information. In theory, this will not be the ideal solution (out of the box). Since note values (Control Voltage) can result in a random state. Just to provide additional information about the concept I will also provide a few combinator patches that should work in terms of the older versions of Reason (like Reason 4 or Reason 5).
Make a modular synth in Reason
Thor can be used as an effect unit, while at the same time this device can be a fundamental building block in to creating a true Modular synthesizer. The only thing we need to understand is how a modular synthesizer is build, how it works and how we can create one from the ground up again to make something custom and unique at the same time. Yep, it is Monday and today it is time to geek out with Propellerhead Reason!
Writing songs in two hour sessions
This is going to be hard one just to write down in text. But I thought I would address this issue today since I have a feeling I have 'nailed' it big time. Sometimes we want to take our time while writing our songs down. There is really no problem there. The only fuzz I have with long term projects is that it sometimes tends to get boring to "work" on "that" song again. Those long term projects turn in to pissing contests in to which EQ would be better, which compression setting you really want, and which layer to add or to remove. We all probably have been in that stage that you will end up die trying to perfect a song in Propellerhead Reason. Whatever you do, it never feels finished.