Generative music in Renoise 3.2

Been having fun in renoise land again, much thanks to 3.2. Also finally sat down to play with phrases and probabilities (yXX).

Its just a few simple phrases that contains patterns with probabilities, and then a layer of probabilities on the main pattern to create “infinite” variations.

Here`s the file in case anyone is interested.
redhoot_3.2_generative_phrase_.xrns (757.4 KB)


I like this, very tight timing. May I ask which reverb you’re using?

Nevermind, all native!

Very cool track, thanks for sharing!

Awesome music man!

cheers, 3.2 really getting me into the tracking spirit again. Heres another generative test.

And Renoise file:
redhoot_generativeGrimeyLimey.xrns (3.2 MB)

Hope its OK to use the tips and tricks section to share the files and videos.


wow, that sounds and looks awesome “redhoot” is amazing! now i’m going to see and try to understand what you did there :stuck_out_tongue:

Cool stuff! Thanks for sharing.

Going to check out your file. Been toying with the idea of making generative music. My own experiments so far haven’t been as successful as your stuff. So I expect to learn something.

sound dope, also wish I could fit the phrase view next to Renoise on my MacBook Pro, seems handy.

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This has blown my mind and I am trying to reverse-engineer your song to learn how to make my own like this. So refreshing! Thank you so much, derfundig! Learning so much!

amazing, this one is even better! It’s the kind of sound I’ve been trying to (ungeneratively) compose for years (to only mild success) and you’ve done it in a single pattern. Thanks again!


quick question: when you compose, which instruments do you start with? drums first, then sfx, then tonal instruments? is there an order you go in?

No worries.

I mostly start with drums, but it depends. Its a bit guided by the sounds I have at hand.

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I just want to say EXCUSE ME BUT WHAT THE HECK - how is it possible to create a damn IDM masterpiece in 10 steps… I could listen to this all day. What do I need to learn in order to do stuff like this? Insane - I love it.

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Break it down into simple steps. Or in this case, phrases. A couple of 4/4 bars, maybe some snare-rushes or staccato hits. Then trigger them by probability. Do it for each instrument (and drums) and recombine in the master pattern and you’ll have infinite variation.


Man, I’m so hyped for trying this - thank you very much for sharing!

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Now how do you record it without using a second computer?

That is easy. Clone the Pattern for the length you want your tune to be.
And hit “Render song to disk…” from the File menu.*

Each render of the tune will sound different.

*I think rendering is disabled in the Renoise Demo

MRecorder from Melda plugins will record internal audio, slap it on the master, record directly to desktop, save you all the hassle

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I just use OBS on Linux and the native recorder on my Mac.

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