Please start at post #8
This first post is a BAD IDEA, lol
This started over here.
But any further talk (if there is any), should happen here. You can read its less lucid beginnings over there if you’re curious, heh.
Let me try to paint a picture:
Imagine you play a chord on your keyboard.
Now imagine that every note in that chord is mapped to a column in the phrase. Not playing in the column, just “assigned” to it, like a parameter. The note even lights up at the top of the column.
Now imagine that the phrase contains a bunch of C-4’s, scattered about the columns.
Now imagine that when you hit that chord, the phrase begins playing, and whenever it encounters one of those C-4’s, it plays the note that’s been assigned to that column – the corresponding note in your chord.
Now imagine moving one finger to another note, leaving the rest of your fingers where they are. It changes the emotional tone of the chord.
Now imagine that the columns automatically update themselves to reflect this new chord. The old note is unassigned and the new note is assigned in its place, displayed at the top of the column.
The phrase keeps playing on loop. But now, when it encounters a C-4 in the new note’s column, it plays the new note instead of the old.
The phrase generally only retriggers after a complete cessation, when you lift all you fingers.
You play chord after chord, sometimes overlapping, sometimes not (retriggering), and that boring scattering of C-4’s in your phrase is generating unbearably beautiful, rhythmically pulsating music from your chord progression. You feel tingly.
That’s the essence of the idea.
Now understand that those C-4’s, currently serving as dumb triggers for the underlying notes in your chords, don’t have to be C-4’s. They could be anything. And their offset from C-4 will transpose the underlying note.
Now imagine that this phrase can be as simple or as complicated as you like. It can have transposed notes and unmodified notes; short notes and long notes; loud notes and quiet notes; a different LPB than the song; phrase effects, sample effects, etc.
And it’s all perfectly musical, because it’s all based on the chords you’re currently playing, and interacting polyrhythmically with the beat.
MIDI-flow-wise, this could live after the Phrase Editor, as a separate, toggleable Arp Editor. Or it could live in the Phrase Editor as an Arp Mode. But they’ll look more or less identical.
danoise is probably right that something like the former is better