Re: practical live electronics ideas

From Doug Masla
Sent Wed, Dec 3rd 1997, 08:50

>Suppose we agree that playing entirely preprogrammed sequences just
>doesn't cut it for live performance, and that "on-the-fly" programming
>is infeasible for those who can't and a tremendous waste of creative
>energy for those who can.  What about some compromise between these
>two extremes?  I suggest as a "takeoff" point we consider techniques
>people used with the analogue step sequencers of the 70's.  These kinds
>of techniques are well documented in Allen Strange's "Electronic music"
>book as well as the serge TKB manual etc.  The basic idea is that
>you can lay out several preprogrammed sequences, and then by pulsing
>triggers to the appropriate points, you can switch off between parts of
>sequences, cut&splice, or run sequences out of phase with multiple
>sequencers. You can reprogram subsequences in real time by turning knobs.
>the point is you are *using* the technology to improvise on relatively
>high levels of musical structure.  You are improvising in a way unique
>to electronic music; i.e. you can't do this with any acoustic instrument.
>Well, suppose we project these capabilities on the world of CV/gate
>or even midi sequencers.   Suppose someone made a sequencer that
>gave you four channels of CV/gate and/or midi, and for each channel you
>could store maybe 8 preprogrammed sequences (a "sequence" would be a list
>of CV "pitches", duration and gate times, you could make this fancier if
>need be). You can press a button to select between them in live
>performance.  Then
>you could press buttons to determine how the sequence is played (forward
>loop, reverse loop, palindrome, random permutation, etc.).
>well, if this year goes down in electronic music history as the
>year of the "comeback" of synthesis maybe next year will be known
>for live sequencing/performance electronics...
>my $2,
Sounds like you are describing the Doepfer Schaltwerk ,check out thier web
and read the schaltwerk & reaglewerks specks..
Doug M.