So, I’m slowly, but inevitably, being sucked into the black hole that is modular Had my first fiddling around with them today at the local modular shop and now I’m looking at figuring out what to start with.
Since there’s such a large amount of experience with all kinds of modular setups here I was hoping for some guidance. I’m a total newbie at this, so I hope I’m not asking any crazy questions
I believe the best start is to identify some modular “tracks” that I like that would the direction/kind of possibilities I’m looking for. I think I’m looking for something somewhat structured, i.e. with beats/bars as the starting point with added variations and randomizations.
I quiet like the following examples and would be very happy if I’d be able to create something that’s even remotely like any of these examples. Also, reflecting on these examples myself I think I like the “live” aspect of them quiet a lot. I guess that’s one of the things I’m looking for vs sitting behind a computer screen and clicking the mouse.
Really like this one. Reminds me of decade ago James Holden/Nathan Fake. Would love to be able to make something like this.
A bit Massive Attack like I guess, maybe a bit too much “wall of sound” for me, but still really like it as a more downtempo example
Not a full “track”, but really like the sound of this
Also I noticed I quiet like euclidean rhythms and the polyrhythms one can make with it.
I don’t know if it makes sense, but the initial question I have is what method/module of sequencing to start with. It feels to me that the sequencing is the start/hearth of the whole thing that’s why I think it makes sense to start there. Not sure if that makes sense though.
Are there any sequencing methods/modules that fit really with for the above examples? Or methods/modules of sequencing that don’t fit at all?
I think I quiet like being able to easily see the pattern in front of me. Tried the Malekko Varigate 8+ but that seemed very opaque to me. The grid with a sequencer or the 1010 Toolbox seem a lot easier to me.
I already have a varibright grid 128, so one of the monome sequencing modules might be a good start? They seem limited to 16 steps though, isn’t that too limiting?
The Teletype seems tempting, but I’m not sure if it’ll be hands-on enough for me or not be too much like using a computer.
I have so many more questions, but I’ll stop here for now Hope to get some interesting opinions on these initial questions first.
Any other suggestions are very much welcome of course!