This patch shows how to use one Context to control another to achieve beat-slicing. It’s done here with a simple melody, but it could easily be done with a rhythm, sample, or anything.
This patch shows how to create a melody which has a different final note each time. I’m calling this a “logical melody” because Context can express it in a logical way, isolating the bit that changes from the bit that stays the same.
You’ll have to have Context installed in PD in order for this file to work.
Here is a video I did last year which explains the working of a Context patch. Some of the details are outdated, but it should still give a good sense of how Context can be used to build network compositions.
Context now has an interface for working with the Novation Launchpad Mk2, called [control]. This allows you to easily start and edit Contexts by clicking on Launchpad buttons, making a Context network much more accessible.
[control] is available now on the github page.
Note: When this video was made, [control] was named [gridcontrol].
Here’s a demo video of Context being used to create a generative melody.
The patch itself can be found in the main Context download under helpfiles –> examples –> example_03.pd. I find that it sounds more and more interesting the longer you play it.