Its 303BC. Pythagoras is trying to write an entire live show on an analog sequencer ready for the symposium at the weekend. He’s working hard trying to come up with fancy beats to impress the other genius symposiasts, but always ends up settling on a four-to-the-floor boom, with an offbeat shaker and a conga slap doing the trochoid choreic on top.
Enter Euclid of Alexandria on the way home from the library. He grabs a bunch of grapes from the spread for the party, contemplates Pythagoras dilemma and gives him the following advice – “Mate… Why do you spend so much effort trying to be all tricky and fancy, when really deep down you prefer your boom-boom-tschak to be spaced out as evenly as possible, as do the symposiasts after a few amphoras, know what I mean? Listen, why don’t you save yourself some angst and apply my algorithm! It’ll calculate the patterns for you so that those beats go down just the way we all like. Don’t waste your time deciding where to put each hit, all you got to do is decide on two numbers. How often you want to hear a hit in one loop and how many beats make up that loop. Easy. Look. Sit down. Hold these grapes..
Tcha-d-tcha-tcha tcha-d-tcha-tcha – thats the E(3,4) – thats the trochoid right there…its a triangle inside a square, right? Actually also happens to be the same beat those Amazon warrior queens are always into – that one and the E(5,8). They love it. Then theres that really busy one the E(7,8) thats the Taureg – you can hear it down at the rug market when those Persian dudes break it down – sometimes they clap out the E(2,5) on top and its mad tricky! But the old E(4,8) – the square inside the octagon – well, its always going to get people bobbing their heads – there’s no beating that ancient rock n roll. Here, pass the amphora! Mmmmm…. delicious. I wonder how many grapes went into that wine?
The lab launched with ‘Spandex Rhythm Computer’. A totally original sample based rhythm computer, whose design is slightly reminiscent of classic drum machines in the way that they combined a fixed sample pallette with a unique character to the programming and hardware. The design contains at its core a “ROM Bank” of tagged synthetic percussion. A carefully crafted, and stage tested graphical interface, will inspire your creativity in the studio or in the club. Read the manual here. The Lab content includes more original RAM banks from artists such as Spandex, John Tejada, Si Begg and more.
Explore advanced rhythmic computation, groove morphing, percussive sample bank creation and so much more.
RC demo 90bpm – jammed on analogue mixer with no edits or external effects.
RC demo 140bpm – jammed on analogue mixer with no edits or external effects.
RC demo 146bpm MIDI In sync jam with ReNoise 808 style beat
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All the rhythms and sounds in this recording taken from my 2014 album “Polyphonic Beings”, were created entirely in Kyma using the Euclidean algorithm. The Sounds you’ll find in the Rhythmic Computation Lab are a great starting point to explore these ideas in your own music!