Duo lab #1

July 26, 2016 All, Duo Lab, Music

Klas and I met at my place to work on some rhythmic material and to play around with our machines, Klas with his “Xronomorph” software and myself using the Elektron Analog Rytm.

We started off with having the two machines provide non-synced (different tempo) rhythms in an attempt to produce a form of ambiguous looping that one can enter at any point in time and that has several possible interpretations. We asked questions whether the individual rhythms needs to be constructed in particular ways, perhaps avoiding short and very symmetrical structures, in order for them to be combinable in this way. And we tried changing tempos up and down, listening for more or less fruitful relations as a consequence.

We then tried some new approaches to a rhythmic loop I call 13 on the Floor, and that has been with us in different versions since the beginning of the Revoid Ensemble in 2015. Our attempt now was to deconstruct the rhythm so that we’d be able to use it more as a polyrytm, moving freely between the rhythm’s three voicings.

Some work was also done on the 5 + 3 =? material, where we combine “claves” of different meters, arranged around the same one. In this particular polymeter it’s a nesting of a 5/4 clave inside a 3/4 (sometimes 12/8).

Concluding work involved direct transitions, employing three contrasting materials, and a serial pattern (1-2-3, 2-3-1, 3-1-2) as the form.

Ricard Österstam

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