[LAU] An atrocity committed with PD

Ken Restivo ken at restivo.org
Sat Sep 1 05:18:33 EDT 2007

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On Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 01:58:28PM -0700, bernie arai wrote:
> On 8/30/07, Joe Hartley <jh at brainiac.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Wed, 29 Aug 2007 22:35:37 -0700
> > Ken Restivo <ken at restivo.org> wrote:
> > > I modified a PD sample-mangling patch, attached MIDI CC's to some of its
> > parameters, loaded it up with a sample from a classic "Space Ghost" episode,
> > and spent a few minutes of gleeful insanity tweaking MIDI faders.
> >
> > Props for using SG in this atrocity!
> yeah, nice source material, and i think it's use is consistent with the
> spirit of the original...
> any chance you'd post the sample-mangling pd patch, or explain how it was
> put together?

It is the 3.audio.examples/B13.sampler.overlap.pd example patch, modified very slightly to split the outputs to separate dac~ channels, and to add MIDI ctlin objects to control the parameters.

I played a short solo liveset tonight at a local coffee shop, and originally planned to try unleashing Space Ghost upon the unsuspecting patrons, but got distracted dealing with a bunch of unrelated technical difficulties, and chickened out at the last minute. 

That patch produces some ear-splitting screeches, which simply aren't everyone's cup of chai latte. Although, in hindsight, Space Ghost might have been just the right thing to pull it out of the fire. 

By the way, my technical difficulties included my USB controller suddenly deciding to only pass note messages from one key on the keyboard! The solution was to recall the stored settings again, but I didn't discover that until after getting home. Also, JACK was making me crazy by refusing to disconnect graphs, and QJackCtl wasn't showing them, but they were definitely connected. Also, seq24 transposed a track up an octave, without my telling it to do so.

I have to make my livesets a lot simpler. Loading up, connecting, and configuring 7 different softsynths plus Ardour (as a mixer) for each song, is just not going to cut it. For band sets it's not a problem: I have a script that loads up every synth at the start of the night and then I just use aconnect to switch between synths between/during songs. For solo sets, it might be time for me to start playing with LASH, and/or just consolidating and simplifiying stuff.

Also, stuff I write here at home using a studio-like workflow (i.e. centered around Ardour) might not be the best things to try to jam on live. Perhaps it'd be better to treat livesets as whole different animal entirely.

- -ken
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