Saturday May 12, 2007
Good evening and happy Friday to all. The topic for this week is music and main focus will be on creating music using patterns. Repetition is a key part of music composition, and nearly every song has at least one repeated phrase. It's a basic technique, but very powerful and frequently used throughout all genres of music. A pattern can be a minimal drum beat, a driving bass line, or the melodic solo. The true power and flexibility of pattern based composition becomes evident when using a computer or standalone sequencer. Each pattern becomes a modular block that can be used or reused or stacked with others to form new configurations. In many ways, it's more intuitive to work with patterns than to try to write music using traditional music notation. Orion Pro (the program I use to create the weekly loops) is pattern based and I've found it to be extremely easy to use. I'll delve more into the use of patterns (and loops) in another installment.
The picture of the week was created using Bryce.
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The loops of the week were created using Orion ProRight click on a loop to download it.
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Bye for now!