Here is a thread of music sketches that I made with #TidalCycles, originally to post on Instagram (hence the 1-minute long format) ⤵️
Tidal sketch number 1
Originally posted on 23/09/2019
A very simple loop, gradually building up complexity, showcasing a homemade SuperCollider synth of mine.
Tidal sketch number 2
Originally posted on 28/09/2021
Another rather basic loop using a synth that I wrote myself. I quickly gave up the idea of typing all the code as I record after that, as it became close to impossible as the complexity of the patterns involved increased.
Tidal sketch number 3
Originally posted on 29/09/2019
A soft melodic snippet, in a fashion I would use over and over again in the future.
Tidal sketch number 4
Originally posted on 30/09/2019
Distorting a voice sample to make it sound otherworldly, and then feeding them to a haunting melody
Tidal sketch number 5
Originally posted on 01/10/2019
A catchy tune made up of several layered arpeggiations, which would later become the track Horizon on my latest EP "Wilderness"
Tidal sketch number 11
Originally posted on 15/10/2019
A black-metal inspired tune that would become the track Pinophyte on my latest EP
Tidal sketch number 12
Originally posted on 19/10/2019
A chill melody, and also an exercise in progressively switching keys, third by third
Tidal sketch number 16
Originally posted on 27/10/2019
A chill tune with a Pythagorean intervals and a lot of occurrences of the number 3
Tidal sketch number 19
Originally posted on 05/11/2019
An aerial tune with voice pads and guitars because I'm an extremely original person
Tidal sketch number 24
Originally posted on 11/11/2019
Rewatching this, I'm wondering why I'm not using `chunk` more, it's a cool function (probably because I had forgotten about it)
Tidal sketch number 25
Originally posted on 15/11/2019
Stole the chords from the intro of "Half-Light" by Porcupine Tree
(i am especially fond of how the progression of musical change seems appropriate to human sound processing rates (not assault))
a few questions came to mind:
+ is supercollider generating the audio (if not, that then what)?
+ doesn't seem like a terminal on screen (although it looks like syntactical colored highlighting (common in (terminal) editors)), what is it?
feel free to point me elsewhere to answer my questions
keep up the nice work
@js0000 thanks for the nice words!
yes, the audio is generated by a SuperDirt, a sampler written in SuperCollider. It is the default "backend" for TidalCycles, but I know there are people who are using other software (but I don't know much about them). In the end, it's just a matter of sending OSC messages to something that is able to understand them and turn them into sound.
It's indeed not a terminal, it's just a simple GUI Emacs, themed, and cropped in the video.
(unsolicited suggestion: constant eighth notes get annoying, maybe put a space (rest) in that voice once in a while (either forming a recognizable meter or not))
@js0000 thanks for your suggestion, I understand what you mean, but I think that in this case, it was necessary to the "blast beat" aesthetic that I was going for (which is actually not contradictory at all with what you're saying, given that black metal is a voluntarily harsh and aggressive style)
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