I just made a new video on making pitches and melodies without a keyboard, and wanted to use it as a jumping off point to start some interesting discussion and share some ideas.
I don’t have much of a background in tonal music theory, so writing melodies and chord progressions, particularly when sitting in front of a keyboard, was one of the things I was least confident with when starting out in the world of modular. Mylar Melodies’ video on generative music-making techniques and similar videos were a big help, especially starting out.
What kind of processes or techniques do you use to compose music? Do you take more of a purposeful approach sequencing specific melodies + chord progressions, or do you leave it more up to randomness?
I’m quite interested in process-based composition and work like Terry Riley’s In C, where the composition is both fixed (pre-determined notated bars of music) and fluid (arrangement of the music alters every time based on the performers). Anyone have any good examples of similar work?
Hope we can get some good ideas and discussion going! Cheers.