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 Some of the details are outdated, but it should still give a good sense of how Context can be used to build network compositions.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.
The video tutorial series is under way! There are 7 videos online so far, covering almost all of Context’s basic use. There is definitely enough material here to get new users started making some wonderful generative compositions in Context.
I’m aiming to publish a new video each week. Once I’ve covered all of Context’s basic features, I’ll turn to compositional techniques.
I am excited to be presenting Context at the 5th annual conference on Music Metacreation in Atlanta, Georgia on June 19th. I will be talking about how Context can be used to compose algorithmic music in the form of networks. You can read the paper here.
This site has remained dormant for a long time, but Context hasn’t. Context 3.0 is now available online, and it’s the most powerful, best documented and least buggy release yet. Over the coming weeks I’m going to be updating this site and building a wide base of documentation and material, so that it reflects the progress and the potential of Context. Please stay tuned, and get in contact if you would like to know more information.