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, >--Harvey Harvey Sounds like you are describing the Doepfer Schaltwerk ,check out thier web page(Doepfer.com) and read the schaltwerk & reaglewerks specks.. Doug M.