I understand that the first argument value in the ambitus-chord function represents the outer-interval size measured by an integer or a list of integers. What does the second value in the size argument list affect when processing two [or more] chords, as illustrated in the example below? Is the second value affecting the second chord in the first list or both chords in the second list? Thank you!
(ambitus-chord '(14 6) '((eb4c6 c4fs4 b4) (c4b4 b3eb5b3)))
After a short break, I'm slowly coming back to Opusmodus, mainly by working through functions examples. Looking at the gen-ambitus-series
function example below, would someone be willing to explain why the ambitus function is not producing all diatonic pitches included in list_? I understand that I may want to use harmonic-path or similar instead, but I just wanted to ask for the learning experience. I feel like I might be missing something so I welcome the feedback!
(setf range_ (gen-ambitus-series '(-10 30) (vector-smooth 0.2 (gen-white-noise 6 :seed 23)) (vector-smooth 0.2 (gen-white-noise 8 :seed 24)))) (integer-to-pitch range_) (setf list_ '((c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 a4 b4 c5) (c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 a4 b4 c5) (c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 a4 b4 c5) (c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 a4 b4 c5) (c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 a4 b4 c5) (c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 a4 b4 c5) (c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 a4 b4 c5) (c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 a4 b4 c5) )) (ambitus range_ list_) Perhaps a different example may illustrate my question better. Below we have a series of transformation of the given harmonic sequence. The pitches (pitch classes) of the harmonic sequence are retained with each individual ambitus transformation, but not when gen-ambitus-series is used (see below). Thanks!
(setf omn '((h e4f5 p c5a4) (h b3d3 gs4eb2fs3) (h bb2g5cs5 gs4d4eb2) (w bb2 mp) (h g3f4cs5 p c5) (h fs5a5b3 e4b3) (h bb2) (w e2eb4) (h c5cs6 a5) (h f4g3 gs4d3) (h fs5 bb2fs5g3) (h d3e5eb4 gs4) (h a2c6 f2) (h b0 cs6c5) (h gs4d3))) (ambitus '(-6 12) omn) (setf range (gen-ambitus-series '(-30 42) (vector-smooth 0.2 (gen-white-noise 15 :seed 23)) (vector-smooth 0.2 (gen-white-noise 15 :seed 24)))) (ambitus range omn)
In my Dissertation, I worked a way to convert every chord and set in a modulo 12 rhythm,
so the entire catalog of FORTE are converted to rhythms, following the steps of Babitt:
As a hardcore serialist, Babbitt was interested in converting 12-tone rows to rhythms, in a kind of 12-tone rhythm theory.
Below, Wuorinen show one example of a typical Babbitt idea:
For the sake of explaining my idea of function, it's important to have in mind that for Babbitt, the order of the
row is very important and lead to different results in the pitch to rhythm conversion. Take a look in the example
In the preceeding figure, the order of the C major triad generate different rhythms. In the example (0 4 7) have a
different result from (4 0 7) or (7 0 4).
In the system I developed in my Dissertation, the order does NOT matter, since (0 4 7), (7 0 4) or (4 0 7) will result
in exactly the same rhythm, as you can see below:
In my system, the transposition equals rotation (as well as in Babbitt)
And every chord symbol can be transformed in a rhythm:
Even voicings can be converted in longer Rhythms (the more spread the voicing, the longer the rhythm):
So I did every FORTE SET in the catalog, in this way:
Below, you can see the example of the rhythm of the major triad (Forte number 3-11b).
In the 1st bar there is the prime form (0 4 7).
In each subsequent bar there is a rotation of the first set by 16th note increments.
HERE IS THE POINT, for the sake of the new function !
The note C (that I call Rhythmic Fundamental, the "root" of the rhythm) is being displaced, as
you can see in the circled notes.
THE SET WRAP AROUND ITSELF, always forming 12 time-points (always twelve 16th notes),
in a different way from Babbit, where the order of the sets generates longer rhythms.
THIS WAY IS MORE INTERESTING For Popular and Minimalist Repetition Music, as
well as 12 tone music.
In the bottom staff, there are the complementary rhythm of the 3-11b set, i.e., the 9-11a
set. In the catalog, every set is presented alongside its complementary set and every set is
presented in 3/4 (16th notes) and in 12-8 (with the 8th note as the base value for the increments
So the function needed would be the one that mirror exacty this kind of conversion, not the tradicional time-point-system conversion,
so I could use my catolog inside Opusmodus, connecting the diferent sets, like this:
Or even using portions of the Rhythmic Sets, by truncating some of them, like this:
In the preceeding example, only parts of the 2 sets are used (9 time points out of 12 in the
first and 8 time points out of 12 in the second).
So, I hope someone could help me to find a way of implementing this.
Maybe Janusz or Stephane could find interesting to develop this kind of idea inside
All the best !