IDM – whether you fell for it in 93 with Autechre and Aphex Twin or are just getting into it now with SOPHIE and Lotic – is the sound of the unexpected and the unusual. A sudden echoing blast of a sound effect, eerily distorted voices, clusters of glitchy percussion – it’s the different ways of thinking which can really make an arresting and experimental sound.
Sequencers have evolved over the years, but generally fall into one of two categories:
- Grid-locked sequences for creating loop-based tracks (step sequencers, piano rolls, pulses)
- Experimental sequencers which ditched traditional rhythm and meter for something more expansive (West Coast modular-style sequencing and its digital equivalent using languages like Max and SuperCollider).
But what happens in between these two sequencing styles? When you create sounds which truly slip off the grid, but are still part of a basic rhythmic framework?
Meet MOOR. A monophonic step sequencer which can bend (or break) time with different mathematical relationships to the rhythm of a track. While traditional sequencers let you linear timing divisions, MOOR features an easily adjustable exponential timing curve. Want your loop start out sluggish, then snap into something faster? Easily done.
Bend the timing for MOOR’s sequences exponentially
Here’s a loop with four percussion sounds and some effects – each sound is sequenced by a separate instance of MOOR. All on time and all using bent timing grids:
Every one of MOOR’s inventive and experimental parameters is easily automatable – just throw a modulator like the Max for Live LFO (or MOOR’s sibling, the automation sequencer Twistor). Listen below and you can hear our loop again, now with Twistor modulating the bend for the hi-hat and snare sequences:
With MOOR, you get the best of both worlds – a flexible sequencer which breaks free of traditional piano roll and step sequencer constraints, set as a Max for Live device which easily matches mathematically to the tempo of a track. It’s not just for IDM, either – check out the subtle variations from slight bending tweaks on the MOOR instance sequencing the hi-hats in this techno loop:
Whether you want to fully revamp how you sequence your percussion, or just spice things up a bit – MOOR is the tool you need. Abandon grid and dive in!