This device helps you create musical patterns with mouse gestures. When you drag the mouse on the interface, the particles’ motion trigger notes and your gesture is looped right away, in sync with the current song’s tempo. This allows you to explore musical ideas in a way that is more instrumental that programmatic, by picking-up expressivity from human gestures.
The video below shows how to play the device. The four colors represent four layers of gestures that can be played together and are represented with gravitating particles. Each layer can have different physics properties (a different mass) and play distinct notes and chords. The created patterns are saved on the fly and can be replayed or edited later, by navigating the presets box.
Some inspiration from:
- Particles in Space, by Len Lye
- Motion Phone by Scott Snibbe
- The Lemur controller
This is a MaxForLive device, which means you must have a copy of Ableton Live and MaxForlive to run this device. The physics engine uses a max object based on Java, make sure you have Java installed on your machine.
Download & run :
- Download the device folder here : motionLoop (1000) *
- Drag and drop the motionLoop_xxx.amxd file on a midi track of your Live set.
- Add your favorite synth in the same track
- Press play and start dragging particles around.
* This folder has two files : the
amxd file which is the actual device, and the
soma.jar file which is loaded by the device. Keep both in the same folder and the device should load fine.
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motionLoop by Julien Bloit is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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