less concepts uses elementary cellular automata (CA) to scan sets of notes and determine which ones to play + when, by iterating a seed value through a set of simple rules.
this max for live version includes all the major functions of the norns script of the same name.
it also has a unique feature set:
- [olafur] mode: inspired by the self-playing pianos of Olafur Arnalds, [olafur] will bypass the chosen scale and will build note pools from direct keyboard input. just arm the track and play a chord.
- [laurie] mode: inspired by Music Mouse by Laurie Spiegel, [laurie] will add chord voicings to your bit streams. choose a gating bit and enable ‘1’ ‘2’ or ‘3’ for unique harmonies.
- five text-based meta sequencers: using a built-in set of text operators, sequence/modulate/randomize all parameters to extend expressivity.
huge appreciation for the lcm4l testing crew, without whom this device would’ve remained 90% done and 0% ready: @rdfm, @misuba, @madeofoak, @Myles_Avery, @kurthuman, @AlessandroBonino, @elia, @beforeitwascool, @Wisdom.Water, @tapehead, @adrienp
- Ableton Live Suite (built for 10+)
- Max for Live
less concepts manual - v1.3.pdf (513.6 KB)
you can use a lot of Live’s MIDI effects to extend the device – here are some of my faves:
Note Length: less_concepts has a fixed length of 100ms. place this device after it to get longer notes!
Velocity: less_concepts has a fixed velocity. place this device after it to open its range – I particularly like the
Dynamic IIpreset with a bit of Random and the Low at 45.
Random: place this device after less_concepts to randomly transpose the sequence. really useful with Choices @ 1, Scale @ 12, Chance @ whatever! change Sign to taste – for piano VSTs, Bi is priiiiiimo
Chord: when using [olafur] mode, place this device ahead of less_concepts to key in a wider range of notes with a simple chord shape. what’s cool about [olafur] mode is that it doesn’t re-order your input, so the order in which you press + hold notes actually changes the note sequence!
plz ask q’s, plz share artifacts here (+ feel free to share publicly if you make a thing you wanna share), plz have fun!