I did one this week. Got a Norns to play drums!
I started this process with a completely different piece that happened when I got a Norns last week. I’m very fond of the Aleph lines module for tape delay simulation. I was playing with some sequences on the Flin script on the Norns through the lines module and I got a great resonance feedback thing going with a tempo I liked. But it sounded too spooky.
I erased everything and started over but in the morning I checked the read buffers in the Aleph and there was still a shorter loop going on in there and it was totally different than I remembered and less spooky. That’s the drone part that anchors the piece.
My whole setup depends on a digital piano with speakers and the Aleph is also a mixer with four inputs and outputs. A guitar with a different looper pedal is going into the Aleph and the digital piano has a MIDI record mode so I can play phrases to store but they don’t loop. I can trigger them with a button. I recorded the mix out of the digital piano headphone jack into a computer.
The drums are the Playfair script for Norns that’s doing Euclidan patterns. I forget the guitar line notes, lol. The piano chords are supposed to be matched to the guitar line. The chords are D minor and F# diminished.
I was channeling Labradford.