Musical Chord Progression Arpeggiator
December 28, 2016 1:44 PM   Subscribe


 
rabbit hole alert
posted by Melismata at 2:09 PM on December 28, 2016 [8 favorites]


Now I know what I could possibly spend the rest of the holiday week doing.
(Think I'll find the most ominous progression/ style I can, and every time any neighbor noise annoys me through the various walls/ floors, I'll just BLAST it.)
posted by NorthernLite at 2:13 PM on December 28, 2016


Very cool, although my Stratocaster works pretty good for this too .
posted by spitbull at 2:15 PM on December 28, 2016 [1 favorite]


Very cool. I threw in a classic vi / IV / I / V loop in Ionian just to get some pop radio magic going, and started popping around from one arpeggio pattern to another.

I love that Tufteian look to the arpeggio pattern graphs.
posted by cortex at 2:20 PM on December 28, 2016 [1 favorite]


Yeah the different arpeggio patterns are the gold mine here.
posted by spitbull at 2:38 PM on December 28, 2016


This is awesome.
posted by odinsdream at 2:41 PM on December 28, 2016


Combine with hooks for popular songs.
posted by Talez at 3:26 PM on December 28, 2016 [1 favorite]


The patterns are something I'd never really thought about before, but just trying a few suddenly reveals how much effect they have on rhythm and even the feel of the music. I enjoyed the moment of being done figuring out the controls, then noticing the enormous scrollbar full of every possible sequence.
posted by lucidium at 3:35 PM on December 28, 2016


This should be called the Philip Glass Generator.
posted by speicus at 3:44 PM on December 28, 2016 [5 favorites]


pffff, that guy's a loaf of bread
posted by The Gaffer at 4:09 PM on December 28, 2016 [1 favorite]


I could listen to that all night!
posted by Obscure Reference at 5:59 PM on December 28, 2016


This is a great tool to see how different modes sound.
posted by Grumpy old geek at 6:02 PM on December 28, 2016


Is there a way to invert the chords, I can't see one.
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 7:23 PM on December 28, 2016 [1 favorite]


Huh.

Huh.

I will see you guys in maybe April.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:26 PM on December 28, 2016 [2 favorites]


Is there a way to invert the chords, I can't see one.

Yes, this. If I knew what I was doing code-wise I'd give it a shot. There must be a way to add an inversion section, maybe above the column for each chord in the progression?
posted by vverse23 at 9:46 PM on December 28, 2016


Oh wow, an Yngwie Malmsteen solo simulator!

actually this is really fun
posted by vanar sena at 12:40 AM on December 29, 2016 [2 favorites]


Doesn't work on my Dell laptop. Could this be a Windows 7 vs. Windows 10 thing?
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 12:11 PM on December 29, 2016


The only thing that would make this cooler is if it could spit out a MIDI file.
posted by Jimbob at 5:56 PM on December 29, 2016


So, this is nifty to putter around with, I just wasted an 45 min on it, but I can see it being... restricting as a tool. I mean, really this is an arpeggio pattern simulator that gives you a few harmony options to play around with, but it bills itself the other way around.

I guess my biggest complaint that isn't "I want to do X and it won't let me," (Seriously, why no minor v in melodic minor? That's the whole point!) is that I can totally see it feeding into the mindset of Music Theory as a set of RULES that must be followed, instead of Music Theory as an explanation for what's worked in the past. That can lead to a lot of problems with how people talk\think about harmony.

Still a very fun little toy though.
posted by Gygesringtone at 10:29 AM on December 30, 2016


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