get your sequencers ready! bring out your percussion modules and drum samples! this time we are going to the caribbean!
the challenge is to choose one of the traditional caribbean styles: reggae, calypso, merengue, compas, salsa, or any other. study the rhythms they use, and use that to make a patch with in vcv rack.
as usual, upload your patch to patchstorage.com and/or in reply to this thread, and upload a video if possible. videos on youtube will eventually be added to a playlist. and please give feedback to other participants!
deadline: monday end of the day, wherever you are, may 18th (though late entries are always welcome)
a new challenge with a different module will be announced every other tuesday.
I’ve read that, too. It also leads you to rumba, bossa nova and a lot of other interesting rythmic musical styles.
If someone needs a ressource of interesting sounds for their project:
Library of Congress offers sound samples and gives Mix examples. They do it on the base of hip hop (would be a different kind of vcp) but I found that quite inspiring to get into rhythm.
Sooo, uh, is it okay if what I’ve come up with sounds more “jazzy” than Jamaican? Because that’s what happened. I started out with some sort of mashed up merengue beat from the above video and then just added stuff that sort of sounded, at least, like something.
figured I’d give it a run using Caillou from Synthetic as the base beats and oscillator source, along with some extra beats thrown in with DrumKit and DrumKit Pro.
the drum loop provided in Caillou is a fairly standard “afrobeat” loop, and the backup drums are mostly toms supplemented with a swing beat to help give it more “island flair”. the main oscillator loop began its life as a country guitar strum loop.
It’s pretty far from that, actually, but I’m happy with the way that the “blue” note always gets resolved in the fake piano, among other things.
I like the trowasoft trigSeq64 but it always seems to have that bit more of a delay than anything else I use, more than the 1 sample that’s standard. I’d use something else but it’s 64 step and you can just control so much stuff with one thing. It’s just about worth the hassle.
I remember having a lot of other things that I wanted to say but I’ve forgotten what those things were so I’ll leave this here. Hope you enjoy it.