First off, wow! Thank you for such an in depth answer! I’ll try to adress a few key points which may clarify my intentions for looking at teletype along with some of the very valid concerns you raise.
My interest in Teletype is not necessarily in the coding nor the module itself, it lies in the blank canvas approach, that I could design an environment perfectly tailored to my needs and intentions. The coding to me is a means to ann end, just like practicing arpeggios on a guitar. Just repetitions of three notes on three strings is not in itself very exciting nor rewarding but the reward lies within the possibilities the skills to execute that at your chosen bpm opens up if that makes sense. Again, like I wrote in my first post, I may very well be way of base here and Teletype is absolutely not what I’m looking for, hence my inquiries
I fully agree that my current setup may very well not be where the problem lies. I hesitate to even call it a problem, it’s more of a creative question ie “can I make my instrument do this? If so, how?” and Teletype+Grid may or may not be the answer to that question.
II also figured that since the grids are currently sold out, I may as well raise this inquiry now to know if I should be ready when they become available or not.
I am also actively evaluating how I use the tools I have, there is much to love in those as well, perhaps there’s a different way I could patch things up to reach my desired results? Even being able to ask those questions is part what drew me to modulars in the first place. With a guitar or almost any other instrument, there is a very well developed history of performance techniques the have proven to yield optimum results for various musical applications, with modular there is no such thing and that is wondrous.
Regarding getting rid of my ribbon, the only way I would get rid of it would be if the grid could provide an alternative playing surface along with sequencing duties. I would lose the vibrato ad glissandi but I could probably work around that using my Expressive E. I do absolutely crave being able to get a melody in my head then and there and just improvise it like on any other instrument.
For those of you who will bear with me, and again, feel free to move this to another thread if that is more appropriate, a good example of what I would like to do but on a more complex scale would be along the lines of what Alessandro Cortini did with his Forse series for the Buchla Music Easel.
If you listen to the track Senza Aria from Forse 3, you will hear a 2 note sequence over which he uses the keyboard to both provide a baseline and traspose the sequence. Given that the Easel is such a limited instrument, he can’t transpose the sequence in-scale but just shift it X semitones up or down.
Now imagine you took that very same concept but you had two sequences running, with variable step length, probability for each step and probability of a change of direction through the sequence like Renes snake modes, and of much greater length, more akin to the sequences you can get with Rene or Kria, the keyboard (or ribbon in my case) controlling a third voice and transposing the sequence in-scale, in time with your playing and the possibility of easily and swiftly, mid performance, completely change to another sequence, based on a new scale, with unique parameters for various parts of the piece.
That is what I’m looking for. That to me and my goals would be the perfect marriage between deliberate composition + performance and probabilistic/generative/random events.
Teletype+Grid may or may not be the tools for the job or it may simple be way to complex a task to code something like this but I’m eager to learn more and will continue to read this thread and your other recommendations. If nothing else, I may learn a thing or two I could apply to other tools!
Once again, thank you for your insight and input.