*nested* + less concepts: album + cellular automata sequencer (norns, Mac)


#21

deeply appreciate the kind words, all. grateful for the pre-orders thus far. :sparkles:

icymi, here is a quick teaser for the app, featuring a drum kit I found on Reddit (and a bit of Aalto) played by less concepts. the video is primarily flashing colors:


#22

Ordered! Thank you for the donation as well.
I’m really curious to see some of the teletype scenes for this. The only example I can find is by @sliderule (which I think you helpfully crossposted elsewhere here)
CHAOS Operators


#23

we’re live, y’all!

less concepts app: https://github.com/dndrks/less_concepts
less concepts album: http://dndrks.bandcamp.com

thank you so much to everyone who pre-ordered the album. it is staggering how this community operates so naturally w/ support + care. :revolving_hearts:

re: app, I’ve already noticed some weird visual stuff running on an 11" MacBook Air. nothing too bad, nothing that impedes functionality.

please share any questions or hiccups here. I’ll be putting together a less cheeky tutorial video in the next two weeks.


#24

the core is pretty much this:

#1
X CHAOS
Y SCALE 0 255 0 13 X
CV 1 N PN 0 Y

and insert two octaves of a chosen musical scale in the first Tracker column (e.g. 0 2 4 5 7 9 11 12 14 16 17 19 21 23). in this example, we’re scaling the range of CHAOS’s returns (which is usually 0 to 255) down to 0 to 13. lately, I like filling the whole column with notes and dynamically assigning scaling range.

call it with this:

#M
$ 1
IF BGET Y _: TR.P 1 # fill the blank with any number 1-8
IF BGET Y _: TR.P 2 # fill the blank with another number, 1-8
Z SCALE 0 16383 0 2 PARAM # performative gesture
CV.OFF 1 V Z # jumps octaves on demand

the BGET lines work as triggers for gates. for the album, these typically opened a DPLPG that was gating an oscillating 3 Sis (usually, just Center multed but sometimes I like using one gated channel for the High output to FM the final stage filter [which was another 3 Sis]).

I like this rule + seed + tempo combo as a starting point:

#I
CHAOS.ALG 3
CHAOS.R 30
CHAOS 36
M 190

please lmk if you have any questions!


#25

okay but listening to this, I’m pretty sure you do have a hoverboard after all! congrats!

ETA – Q: talk to me about the bitcrush’d sound on they swam with their moms!


#26

brilliant! thanks, @Dan_Derks this is very kind of you to share this.
i’m going to spend some time exploring this.


#27

that is a pre-Cranes m4l sampling device I couldn’t sort the UI for general release, but will. long story short, it uses @Rodrigo’s freakishly specific + deep emulations of different digital hardware devices. Rodrigo shows the FX here in this video from July 2016 (and available here):

I can’t remember what the exact settings I used on that track, but that’s all the more reason to dig in, yourself!


#28

oh wow, thank you Dan and @Rodrigo!! excited to tear this apart; it seems a lot more fun than going * 256. -> ceil -> / 256. in gen~

Ahhhh but in the end it’s “just” degrade~ :rofl: A good sign that I’m on the right track!


#29

YES. I asked you about this and totally forgot about it. need to add to anaphora


#30

Is anaphora yr Grid Modular ThingTM?


#31

it was but now it isn’t


#32

this is too good u big genius idiot


#33

OT:
In that patch it’s “just” degrade~ but the version in TPV and other software does a few more options/flavors of bitcrush (including the truncating version, though pre-gen~, so using trunc~. There’s some bitwise manipulation stuff too, and some mp3-ish compression (though that doesn’t work in 64-bit Max anymore unfortunately.


#34

Absolutely loving this album thank you!


#35

omg somehow this time listening on my laptop speakers the angle must be just right because the panning effects are WORKING

what a … concept xD


#36

tybg for Sage Kim, my engineer. cannot recommend her highly enough – she surfaced so many forgotten shades and crafted a very well-balanced master. I’m so humbled + thankful for your listening :sparkles: :slight_smile: :sparkles:


#37

my oh my, what would I ever do with THAT link :thinking:


#38

real quick: going to be shipping tapes on Tuesday! so so so grateful for the orders and very big apologies for the delays – had originally intended to dub by hand, but my tape deck proved out of whack and I had to (was lucky to) put in an order with duplication.ca

all arrived recently, sounding primo and it all feels real (:sunny:) but that process pushed back ship date by a few days.


#39

finally got around to listening to this today and holy cow there are some DELICIOUS sounds on this album, congrats @Dan_Derks !

in particular i LOVE those pingy sine tones during the second half of hoverboard, and the entire track of “his name is squeeze” is pure sonic candy, I love it. would love to hear a bit about how you made those sounds on both tracks!


#40

slight bit of a weird place to drop this but due to the above conversation I went ahead and wrapped the saturation part of @Rodrigo’s modes into a quick m4l device last night.

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