I’ve been listening to a lot of Eurorack ambient these days, Emily Sprague, R. Beny, Lightbath, Ann Annie etc. What I found is that this style is overly harmonic and melodic far from the more noisy and disharmonic bleeps and blops style which is also around.
I wonder, how you get these smooth evolving harmonic and melodic patterns via Eurorack and what’s the role of the Grid and monome scripts in this way of writing music? Would be great if people could open their production processes a bit and let us know whether there is a lot of actual music theory involved (what I suppose) or whether it’s just jamming … I just know that many of the early ambient pioneers were perfectly trained musicians well versed in what they do.
In fact, to me it seems to get quality harmonic and melodic sounding recordings you have to be a very good musician in the non-euro world, as this stuff is often almost classical and sometimes lending exotic scales etc. Sometimes it’s even perfect voice leading, almost baroque techniques involved besides all the sound design - at least that’s what it sounds like. Chance or strategy?
I have posted this also over at Muffwiggler and would love to see a discussion in the Monome community, as the Monome devices do add so much to this style of music.