September 29, 2011

More Tempest Stuff...

by Chris Randall

Richard Devine put up a video the other day that got me all bummed out because (through complete coincidence) I was working on one showing exactly the same thing, the fun to be had with the quantized pattern switching and ribbon controllers. Richard is necessarily better at this sort of thing than I am, and once I saw his video, which went up right as mine was rendering, I was all "DAMN YOU RICHARD DEVINE! DAMN YOU TO HELL!"

Then I planned to do a different video.

Then I thought "fuck it" and whacked the Upload button. So here you go. Essentially the same sort of thing Richard was demoing, the quantized pattern switching in Tempest which allows you to switch patterns in the middle of a measure and maintain the measure position, along with some ribbon controller fun. The left ribbon is assigned to decay of all voices, and the right ribbon is assigned to relative pitch of all voices. I'm also using a MeeBlip (the sorta-bass-sound-thing) and a DSI TETR4 (the melody thing). The result is what I feel is a reasonable example of the Crunkstepno genre. Enjoy.

(PS: I did get one ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!!! on this bitch, though. I'll lay money this is the first time a Tempest hit analog tape. What do I win?)


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Sep.29.2011 @ 10:18 AM
I'd play this if you released it as a high resolution audio file. In the world of dubcrunkbassfunkystep -- i.e. the world of what blackdown calls the breakbeat continuum -- I'd say this is a weird offshoot of neo-two step. The only thing I'd change is it needs to be closer to 130bpm to fit in with that sort of stuff, though there's a lot of activity in the sub-125BPM world now. The new sweet spot seems to be around 118BPM. WE ALL BE DANCING JUST A BIT SLOWER NOW INNIT?

With respect to the Tempest, is it possible to have different parts have different swing? I use the hell out of that trick in Live.

Sep.29.2011 @ 10:25 AM
Chris Randall
I'm not entirely sure how swing is recorded; perhaps Pym (Chris Hector) can address that. The hierarchy is Sound -> Beat -> Project, where a Beat is a collection of Sounds, and a Project is a collection of Beats. It seems that when you record with swing, the actual note positions are recorded. However, if you crank the Swing knob while in the 16 Beats view, it'll override anything in the Beat itself.

So to answer your question, I have no idea.


Sep.29.2011 @ 10:35 AM
Can you tell us a bit about the MIDI implementation for externals. How integrated into the workflow is it, and how are CC's assigned?

Sep.29.2011 @ 11:04 AM

Sep.29.2011 @ 11:18 AM
Chris Randall
@lazenbleep: There ain't none at this point. I have Live running as a MIDI slave from the Tempest (you can just see the corner of my laptop in the left side of the frame). Live is sequencing the MeeBlip and TETR4.

I had originally tried to do this with the Genome MIDI sequencer running on the iPad (for extra credit, of course), but the Genome can't slave to MIDI clock very well, or at least the version I have can't. As a result, the tempo was drifting so wildly that the synced stuff in the TETR4 and TimeFactor was really going ape-shit.

In any event, I can't speak to whether the Tempest will be able to act as a MIDI sequencer.


Sep.29.2011 @ 1:00 PM
The break at the end launches that track in the realm of fuckawesome.

Sep.29.2011 @ 1:24 PM
Bronto Scorpio
I'm with takokichi.

Sep.29.2011 @ 2:03 PM
@chaircrusher Yes. There are global parameters for beat or project level bpm, swing, distortion and compression. If the swing is on source beat, then each beat will load it's own swing when you switch to it. If it's on project then it just stays the same as you switch between beats. There's also a source of 'pot position' for compression and distortion if you just want the knobs to control those params directly at all times

Sep.29.2011 @ 4:05 PM
I don't think this video is even comparable to the one Richard Devine posted, and I mean that in a good way. Richard's video showed all the weird glitchy possibilities of it but your video showed the musically useful side of the Tempest, which is what I have been waiting to see. Nice work!

Sep.29.2011 @ 5:26 PM
i read somewhere that you can only have 16 different patterns per song/project. is that the case?

can you switch pattern 'banks' while playing to pull in other patterns?

curious how the patterns/pattern banks work when it comes to jamming... the machinedrum is super easy in that regard.

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