The next thing I want to focus my attention on in my gesture sequencer is this idea of temporal weight. That is to say, the idea that every discrete target point in a gesture has the opportunity to influence the global tempo of the external conductor signal.
Every target can add or subtract temporal mass (how fast/slow the tempo is) as well as inertia (how quickly to react to changes in temporal mass).
This approach would allow a much more dynamic approach to tempo phrasing that I haven't seen before. Instead of having to draw some automation curve on a global tempo parameter for lyrical embellishments, I could just make the notes heavier.
Just merged all the gesture tests I made for myself into one medley, and I have to say the results are quite satisfying.
Again, this is just one gesture sequencer controlling only the pitch of a single FM oscillator. This is all step-sequenced, no human recorded performance. Very surprised with how natural and fluid it feels.
And it's all externally clocked so it plays well with others!
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