For our next Meetup we're going to explore Generative Processes using Ableton Live's native tools. Whilst Max4Live offers a range of generative devices such as Finite State Machines, Automata, implementations of The Game of Life and so on, the main discussion will be centred around Ableton.
The main areas of focus will be clip and dummy clip envelopes; follow actions and the random/chance properties of Ableton's own devices such as Beat Repeat, Random and the Arpeggiator.
The goal will be to use these types of process as a means of generating material for further editing, exploration or to accomplish generative FX processing. Further uses include being able to create underbeds or accompaniments, such as drums, that are non-repeating or, at least, give the illusion of non-repetition.
The Meetup will be held at the University of Westminster on Thursday 27th February, starting at 6:30PM and finishing at about 9PM. You are invited to bring your laptop and we are also looking for anyone who would like to present on any of the following topics. Presentations need not be long and can be pitched at any level i.e. beginner, intermediate or advanced.
Using Beat Repeat
Using Random (Midi Device)
Using Arpeggiator (mainly the three random settings)
Clip and Dummy Clips/Envelopes
Follow Actions – Overview, Explanation and Using
Anyone who will be presenting should submit a project file up to a week, if not more, in advance to allow other attendees an opportunity to 'play' with some of the ideas. It would be a good idea to make projects in Live 8 and 9 but it is up to presenters rather than a requirement.