Grid Work (2016-) is a constantly evolving set of equestrian-themed recording & performance solutions wherein raw audio files (in the examples to your right, a series of unedited drum breaks) are subjected to near-instantaneous transient & spectral analysis, with the onset & pitch information being parsed at the sample / zero-crossing level into an ordered list. In these early examples, the list is being "played" by a simple X/Y mutlislider pair (step/selection, step/subdivision) working against each other in non-fixed-length sequences.
This is an attempt to yield a rhythmic equivalent of the "Magic" formal tapestries yielded by the "Generators" patches; the audio equivalent of Moiré patterns. Even in these early, monophonic examples, we hear how a seemingly endless variety of mutating syncopations was quickly yielded by simply manipulating how a pair of variable-length sequences "played" off of each other.
Successive revisions will work polyphonically, with the individual voices influencing each other in a reciprocal side-chain array. There are endless possibilities for the quick & painless application of geographically & thematically relevant audio materials into a given performance, recording, or remix; the ease & scope of this approach is at its conceptual core.
The ideas at play here were long in their gestation cycles & the initial implementation was forged, ship to shore, during my stay at the Banff Centre in March, where these takes were rendered. Endless thanks to the team there for allowing the time & resources to follow through on this.