...umm, i just posted this in another thread, but maybe no-one will read it there?
this is a track i made using only pd...no other sequencing or processing or anything.
i really like using pd to do live sample manipulations, and controlling samples and sequences by midi knobs and keyboard inputs.....if anyone wants to talk to me about this...plz email me:
I like that track, kept me interested and made me smile, and when it finished I wanted to listen to it again - I've listened to it about 5 times this evening. Good work!
I've been trying to make similar sounds. I'm working on doing more live stuff with Pd, it's mighty fun, I can spend hours twiddling with midi knobs making freaky noises. I think I spend too much time fiddling with the knobs and not enough time enhancing my patches - I've not got much to show for the last six months of Pd-ing.
At first I was mapping each midi knob to a single control of the patch, but poorly thought out - in one patch I have 4 breakbeats, and I had 4 knobs mapped to the bpm control of each beat - "bpm 1", "bpm 2", "bpm 3", "bpm 4" - and it was a nightmare trying to get anything to sound good with it. Now I am trying to have more useful controls - "master bpm", "second pair/first pair bpm ratio", "pair 1 bpm spread", "pair 2 bpm spread". Still having 4 knobs to control the 4 bpms, but in a more musically useful way. Like a mathematical change of basis or change of coordinate system.
Another way I am trying to make live performance easier is using algorithmic processes - instead of controlling every beat I control aspects of a process that generates the beats - instead of being the drummer and the bassist and whatever else I am more of a conductor or director, controlling "jitteryness" or "density" or whatever. These processes can have a random part, so the live performance takes on a new element of reacting to the unpredictable output.