I’m going to try this out later, but figured I’d get the idea out first —
check this out: https://www.jasondavies.com/bml/#0.42/128/64
Traffic (perhaps something else given that name is already taken)
K1 - Alt
E1 - Scroll pages
Visualizer on first page:
E2 - Density / Resolution, from 128x64 to 8x4 (Alt)
E3 - Speed / Tempo (Alt)
K2 - Start and stop
K3 - Reset
I’m thinking sequencer, but paired with some kind of internal oscillator for immediate satisfaction.
Remains to be seen what the mappings are, but I’d also want to leave that somewhat open-ended — make some room for interesting
I’m thinking first page will be the visualizer, and the remaining pages (between 2 or 3) will map model params to sequencer params. Maybe something to do with number of collisions? Or number of moving cars? With respect to X and Y? Melodies? Rhythms? Something in between?
From a design perspective I don’t like having to go into
Parameters > Edit so I’d like to keep the menu simple and self-contained.
Thematically I’m thinking World on a Wire meets Koyaanisqatsi — at once a critique and a celebration, a parody and an insight. Random collisions structure our interactions with one another, and the decisions we had thought were behind us only ripple ahead to meet us in the future. Karma, for those trapped in it, is a vicious cycle, a traffic jam not of space but time — the eternal return of the same.