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Lamplight Tracker
Lamplight Tracker released today!

Here's the features, as of v1.0


:: features ::

Drag and drop sample loading

Tracker-style sample sequencing -- trigger samples and control volume, pan, pitch and other parameters straight from a sequencer grid

Dynamic sample and parameter sequencing -- easily change sample order and parameters even while sequences are playing

Dynamic non-linear sequence routing -- create and re-route the ordering of sequences as they are playing

Waveform editing -- crop and dynamic looping

Flexible pitch controls -- semitone and record-player-style continuous pitch

Easy MIDI mapping of controls and effects

Effects chains -- delay, reverb, distortion, ring mod, and more -- each sample can be individually assigned to an effects channel -- up to 26 separate effects channels, plus master effects

In-built Recording

Save/Load all sequence, sample and effect settings
 
 
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The Lamplight Tracker -- work in progress image
The Lamplight Tracker is a simple grid-based sample sequencer -- reminiscent of classic tracker software. During my development of the as-yet-unfinished Open Sequence, and due to a few key interface difficulties it presented, I revisited the simplicities and potentials of the grid-based tracker, and decided that there is still great value in developing a (relatively) simple interface for this medium.

In a basic sense it can be used for sequencing sample loops, and thus generating new raw materials for sampling, but potentially full pieces of music could be made in it also.

It will be ready for you here by the end of April, if not earlier
 
 
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Readymade is my first attempt at an algorithmic composition instrument. It's based on the idea of Tom Johnson's Rational Melody #14, but employs a twist on that basic premise.

To this end, Tom Johnson's articles Found Mathematical Objects and Automatic Music were major influences on the development of this instrument.

Where Rational Melody #14 employs the infinite automaton (n -> n, n+1, n) -- Readymade uses the (n, n+1, n) figure in a back-and-forth sequence. So instead of multiplying itself by three at every step - as does Rational Melody #14 - Readymade simply expands its sequence by one group of (n, n+1, n) every time it loops back to its start point. Thus we have micro and macro back-and-forth sequences -- the basic unit (e.g. 010) -- and the sequence (e.g. 010, 121, 232, 121, 010). So there is a strong sense of symmetry, of mirroring, and of ever-expanding looping back-and-forth.

These numbers are used to create notes for built-in signal generators (user definable wave-types: sine, square, triangle, saw), but can also be used to send MIDI notes to any other compatible software.

Readymade will be released shortly
 
 
Open Sequence is an early attempt to take some of the ideas of 'tracker' software and update it, and take it off-the-grid.

For about 8 years I made music almost exclusively in Modplug Tracker and though I have since moved on, I feel that some of my best work was done there, and that a tracker offers many advantages over other more complex software -- providing a solid structure that, once mastered, allows for very complex and intricate transcending of that structure.

At present, I have developed the basic playhead-sample-triggering functionality, but the flexibility in terms of number of channels, number of samples, and space to create full pieces of music, is not quite there -- and whether this degree of complexity is possible / stable is yet to be seen.

However, some form of Open Sequence will be released on LLFB within a few months
 
 
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I'm currently working on a four-module stereo-spread amplifier. This has mainly come from my need to plug my guitar straight into my Line-In and record -- the stereo-spread idea was simply born of the need for a range of tone colour and sense of scale that a single distortion didn't provide.

The gist of the amplifier is that each of the four modules has it's own distortion levels, panning and graphic filter -- so you can pan different distortion levels / tone colours across the stereo mix.

Each module has its own effects chain, as well as a master effects chain -- so a hugely rich palette of sounds is possible.

Although I've developed it primarily for recording, it should work equally well in a performance setting.

This will be released on LLFB by the end of March