Monday, March 16, 2009

paraPhase: Parameter Phaser for Sega Mega Drive

I've become interested in the idea of a parameter phaser. So consider a melodic phase or an isorhythm (where the rhythm and the melody of a single voice have different lengths). What if we applied this idea to a set of parameters of a monophonic voice?

The Sega Mega Drive is perfect for a practical realisation of this idea - it seems to have a nice number of parameters to control the four operators that make up each voice.

ParaPhase is a Max/MSP patch that sequences the main parameters for each voice in a sixteen step sequence - but each parameter can have its own independent length. Thus, it's a parameter phase sequencer!

The results have been interesting and worthwhile; I can't wait to explore this idea further.