October 18, 2012

Can A Sequencer Replace Formulaic Dance Music Artists?

It’s not a big shocker when you hear things about jobs getting outsourced to different countries, or even worse – being replaced by emotionless robots.  Just look at the way we produce music, if you think we’re wrong.  How many electronic artists actually sit down and transcribe music in traditional notation?  Now think about this: How many artists can identify the key of a song by using their ears alone?

It’s not that humans aren’t capable of these doing these things, after all, the people who created software and algorithms had to know what to look for in the first place.  Maybe we’re just getting lazy and we want to spend more time “getting to the point” rather than scratching our heads.  Sequencers were the first logical step in replacing other humans that were once needed to trigger kicks and snares on a synthesizer; now you can have it all at your fingertips with such creations like Akai’s MPC-1000.


But if you take it step further than that, you can rid yourself of the pre-production work, and create a skeleton blueprint for any type of dance music you wish.  Mungo Enterprises has created the Infinite Horizon, which is a sequencer that generates patterns and sequences based on the traditional dance music form.  It features onboard instruments like leads, chord, and bass and it has the ability to create its “own” music by deriving suitable tones and notes from previous tones and notes; a step forward in robotic sequencer technology.

Infinite Horizon