Whether you’re working on generative pieces for one-off, never-to-be-repeated performances, or seeking chaotic inspiration from the aether for your studio productions, the plentiful randomisation options found within your DAW and its attendant plugins give you endless scope for randomising existing track elements and conjuring up entirely new ones, in real time or ‘offline’. Here, we’ve got five suggestions to get you thinking about them.
Bear in mind that you don’t have to commit to the first sound you hear upon clicking that ‘Randomise’ button – part of the joy of randomisation lies in doing it over and over again, as many times as it takes to get something you like. Oh, and when your randomness is happening in real-time but ultimately intended to end up as a finalised track element, don’t forget to record everything so as to not miss that perfect moment. ……
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