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Use of generative MIDI compositional tools like 'M'
Old 25th August 2016
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Use of generative MIDI compositional tools like 'M'

Hi Steve,

Thanks for taking the time to do this Q&A!

An album of yours I keep going back to is the very wonderful Dreamtime Return on which you mention using the long-since defunct compositional tool 'M'.

I think I hear it in there controlling all sorts of non-repeating, percussive patterns as well as swells and drones fading in and out. It's really very interesting, and I don't know why 'M' never really caught on with a wider base of users.

I was wondering if you still use 'M' or anything like it to trigger your synths?


Old 27th August 2016
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James, thanks, you're digging deep!
I used M on one piece on Dreamtime Return, Truth in Passing, I also used it on the release with Michael Shrieve – The Leaving Time and some other pieces I can't recall at this point
M is available for the Mac OS X, I am a not using it currently but I have plans to check it out again before too long, I was looking at the manual recently and was reminded of its appeal. It really was cool and could still be a great secret tool to inspire creativity and I agree it a shame it never caught on.
These days I am creating the non-repeating organic forms from the Dopefer MAQ16 and the universe of Eurorack modules that offer these kinds of time-trigger based events.
Here is the current version of M
M Interactive Composer: Retro Software, Now Intel Mac Native, Core MIDI-ready - CDM Create Digital Music
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