Most modular sequencers have a finite number of steps. While this can seem limiting and sometimes frustrating, it can force you to be more creative. One method of getting more dynamic rhythms from a sequencer is to restrict the step length of a sequence and play it against another that is longer. Numbers that divide easily into each other do not work as well for this as prime numbers. For instance a 4 step sequence playing over an 8 step sequence is the same thing. The 4 steps will repeat twice during the 8 steps yielding a repetition with in the single eight steps. However, an 11 step sequence over a 16 step sequence will not repeat for 11 cycles, yielding a far longer pattern before repetition.
The challenge is to experiment with sequences and clock divisions that are prime numbers to see how much variance you can get from a relatively static rhythmic structure. This does not have to be percussive, it can be melodic, noise, percussion or anything kind of sounds you like. Also, not all rhythms must include primes. Experiment with even and odd number and mix them with primes.
HOW TO PLAY
THIS PATCHABLE RUNS FROM FEB 2ND – FEB 15TH
- Create an original piece of music. It does not have to be a complete track. Ideas are welcome.
- Include the suffix PATCHABLE-0011 in the track title. A completed track title would look like this: Spiral Vortex PATCHABLE-0011
- Upload your track to soundcloud by end of day, Saturday February 15th.
- Include a link to your track and patch notes in the comments below.