by Andy Polaine on April 19, 2009

in General

Inspired by the Tenori-On, Andre Michelle put together Tonematrix. Each square creates a wave force that spreads across the grid (I don’t think that affects the sound though).

It reminds me quite a bit of a piece Andy Allenson made at Antirom years ago that was a multi-user grid sequencer. The smart thing about it was that you could adjust the grid cell amounts to produce complex polyrhythms. It was done in Director and I can’t find it online anymore unfortunately, but it was very compelling. I was always amazed that he got it working over the network too – around 10 years ago now.

I am glad to see sound finally getting some attention in Flash (now that pixels have arrived too). The work Andre has been doing is amazing, but I’d really like to see it being used for more unique, unusual and playful experiments rather than reproducing vintage sequencers and synthesisers (that’s what Reason is for, right?). Somehow that seems to be a missed opportunity – Tonematrix is a more interesting direction.

More on Andre’s blog.

(Thanks to Matt Delprado for the heads up).

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1 Chris O'Shea April 19, 2009 at 1:12 pm

This is andys project you mention

2 Andy Polaine April 20, 2009 at 8:54 am

Chris – I know of that one, but there was an earlier incarnation that was online. I think it was only a microsite job so it’s no longer with us. I wish he’d put the stuff online again, but it needs a Shockwave MU server (and Shockwave, of course, the Director version).

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