Chord Sender trick on Live 9

I recently got a copy of Live 9 and realised that Ableton introduced some new functionality that is of great use to nwdlbots. You can now apply automation envelopes to control parameters from within clips.

This offers the possibility of using the envelope view in a chord sender track to set the chord types while still using pitch values to set the root note of each chord-scale. This means you can see both parameters at once!

Here’s a picture of four bar II/V/I progression to show you what I mean:

chords_in_L9

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SundayDance on Soundcloud

I’ve recently put some music up on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/sundaydance). I’m mostly going to use it as a platform for stereo mixes of the electroacoustic stuff I’m doing at Bangor, but it will also be a repository for some back catalogue and maybe a few gems from the vault. There are a few nwdlbot examples which I will incorporate into this site some time soon. Take a listen.

more nwdl tracks

More tracks online made with nwdlbots.

First there’s nwdlbient parts 1 – 3 by (the) 99942 from d4management in St. Petersburg . Three albums, totalling 30 tracks on soundcloud. I’ve just started listening to them and there’s some interesting stuff.

http://soundcloud.com/d4management/sets

Then there’s some tracks by Ben Glawe’s Conflict of Confidence project of which he says “All but track #4 are essentially exercises in nwdlbots“.

http://conflictofconfidence.bandcamp.com/

Take a listen.

nwdlbots at m4_u

I’m going to be giving a presentation on nwdlbots at the Max 4 Users convention to be held on January 13-14 2012 at Phoenix Square Arts and Digital Media Center in Leicester, UK. Also there will be David Zicarelli, Julien Bayle, Nick Rothwell and many others giving presentations, workshops and performances.

Should be fun. Continue reading “nwdlbots at m4_u”

nwdl tracks?

A few people around the web have started to post mp3 tracks showing what they’re doing with nwdlbots (pronounced noodlebots). I’m very interested to hear how different people are using the bots and would like to post links on this site so that others can hear them too. Please get in touch if you’ve got something.

Here’s one track I found yesterday. It’s from devsound (“label, blog, and whatnot”) in Sweden and it features some bots talking to a Blok modular synthesizer.

http://devsound.se/tag/nwdlbots

I’ll also put some of my own tracks up soon.

nwdlbots tutorial 3: Chord Following

Here’s the third video tutorial for nwdlbots (pronounced noodlebots). This tutorial shows how to make Event Bots follow a sequence of chords.

In this example, a single guitar bot “gets down with its bad self (so to speak)” by noodling over an 8-bar “jazz” rhythm pattern. Thus demonstrating that nwdlbots are not just for ambient music.

This is the last tutorial for nwdlbots 0.1. More bots are coming in the next release.

(Ableton Live and Max for Live required).

nwdlbots tutorial 2: Just Listen

I’ve just finished the second nwdlbots tutorial.

This episode demonstrates the way in which nwdlbots can interact within a Live Set using two modules called noodle control and noodle send. By attaching noodle sends to each EventBot in a set, you can relay MIDI information to the control module, which collates the information and then feeds it back to the EventBots, informing their decisions regarding onset and pitch.

This allows the bots to work together controlling the density and harmony of the set.