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A unique, generative MIDI drone sequencer for Ableton Live, intended for use in the composition/performance of ambient/drone music. The Max for Live device works first by setting a maximum note length of 8, 16, or 32 bars; for every active step in the sequence (ranging from 1-8), the number of possible note durations increases by one, with each new possible note duration equal to half the length of the one preceding it. For example, if the maximum note length is set to 16 bars and the range (sequence length) is set to 5 steps, the possible note durations for each step are 16, 8, 4, 2, and 1 bar(s). The minimum possible note length is 1 beat, while all available durations have an equal probability of being generated for each step in the sequence. Progression through the sequence can either be linear or random. gtm.MIDIdrone works with all available time signatures in Ableton Live (although possible note durations are always rounded to a whole beat) and in conjunction with the scales functionality in Live/Push following improvements made to Live 11's application programming interface (API) in this regard. The use of a single knob for altering both the number of steps in the sequence and the range of possible note durations, along with the pop-out, floating bars/beats countdown display timer tracking the real time remaining note duration until the end of the current step in the sequencer, results in a graphical user interface (GUI) particularly conducive to live performance scenarios.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOther
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2021


  • electronic music
  • computer music
  • Ableton Live
  • Max for Live
  • Max/MSP/Max for Live


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    MEIKLE, G.

    1/05/20 → …

    Project: Research

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