For 6 years I've been using mainly flstudio to express myself musically. This usually
led to songs in different forms:
- a complete score : pattern based/sequenced. This approach was nice but once i
ellaborated an idea it was hard to go back an do something completely new with it.
- 4/8/16... bar loops with a midi controller attached to all generators/parameters. This
allowed for a much greater form of improvisation around a given song.
- just a file with many fx tracks and controller links to distribute incomming audio to
the different fx tracks and other routings as well. This was (and still is) a good
approach for when improvising, especially with other musician generating sound and me
Then came pd and like Alberto said, suddenly horizontal (structure related) or vertical (in my case
sound source related) thinking stops and i started also thinking more in terms of flow. However,
now after half a year of doing pd, i notice i'm again looking to implement some of that horizontal
approach again in pd. E.g. currently i'm looking at solutions to schedule chord progressions. For
sonic experiment i guess the "flow"-like nature of pd is perfect, but when using it to create
a form of (replicatable) song it isn't always instantly obvious.
I really like the kind of music you are mentioning! please share it (at least the audio!
Alberto, i guess it wasn't very smart for me to mention my influences, since this might raise
some expectations. Like you might have noticed, i'm currently still in the process of developing
a reasonable mix of pd patches to create my music. The next two months i'm going to record a
(demo) record together with my (Reaktor based) friend for our Ziggy Electric project
(in the hope to gets us gigs during the summer). As soon as we're done, i'll send you a copy.