Ableton has announced this week the official release of MidiVolve, a new MIDI device for Max for live developed by UK electronica pioneers Coldcut. This formation is better known as founders of the Ninja Tune label and the same screw already released some years ago an interesting iOS app with the name Ninja Jamm.
MiniVolve is a Max For Live device that includes several interesting creative features for making instant evolving melodies. It comes with an arpeggiator, riff generator and pattern sequencer that automatically evolves live or imported MIDI patterns into new riffs, melodies and grooves. This new device is highly inspired by Steve Reich’s seminal Music for 18 musicians.
A pattern sequencer, arpeggiator and AI-guided riff generator, MidiVolve transforms recorded or imported MIDI clips by ‘evolving’ various per-note parameters (Velocity, Pitch, Duration, etc, plus two freely mappable lanes), with the user given control of the chance and degree of randomisation applied to each. Incoming MIDI is converted to an arpeggio or auto-generated riff, ready for evolving, which is done as a one-off event by clicking the Evolve button, or automatically every 1-32 bars by activating Auto mode. The end result is either a new single pattern based on the initial MIDI notes, ready for use as-is or detailed editing, or a constantly changing melodic continuum.
“I’m keen to challenge the conventions of electronic music,” Matt explains, when asked how MidiVolve came to be. “It’s long been my dream to make a piece as brilliant as Steve Reich’s ‘Music For 18 Musicians’, which uses subtle variation on simple parts to achieve complex organic results. Lacking any conventional musical chops, I thought I could make software to help me compose. MidiVolve is the result. It comes up with interesting musical ideas that I could never play, and lets me develop existing ones and play them on amazing sounds.
Those amazing sounds comprise over 1GB of included Instrument and Audio Effects Racks that draws on the work of Coldcut themselves and Johannesburg samplist (and Ableton trainer) Behr, whose exquisitely captured instrumental tones make the perfect sonic grist for MidiVolve’s generative mill.
The MidiVolve Max for Live device is available now exclusively from Ableton content store for 39 EUR.
More informations here: Ableton MidiVolve By Coldcut