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Rhythms and Polyrhythms

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Rhythms and Polyrhythms

Rhythms and Polyrhythms

Play rhythms or polyrhythms - for fractal tunes, changes tune construction

Play rhythm or polyrhythm

Switch on the polyrhythm method of making tunes

How many rhythms to play at once (should equal parts to play)

Number of simultaneous beats per bar including bar beat

How many rhythms to play at once (should equal parts to play) - SPIN

Adjust the number of simultaneous beats per bar

Parts to play

How many parts to set or number of parts to play in fractal tune

Parts to play - SPIN

Adjust the the number of parts up / down

Beats per "bar"

Number of beats per bar in first beat pattern

Beats per "bar" - SPIN

Adjust first number of beats

Beats per "bar"

Number of beats per bar in second beat pattern

Beats per "bar" - SPIN

Adjust second number of beats

Beats per "bar"

Number of beats per bar in third beat pattern

Beats per "bar" - SPIN

Adjust third number of beats

Beats per "bar"

Number of beats per bar in fourth beat pattern

Beats per "bar" - SPIN

Adjust fourth number of beats

Beats per "bar"

Number of beats per bar in fifth beat pattern

Beats per "bar" - SPIN

Adjust fifth number of beats

Beats per "bar"

Number of beats per bar in sixth beat pattern...

If you need more beat patterns, enter the numbers into the Rhythms field separated by commas. This just shows the first six patterns for convenience of adjusting htem

Beats per "bar" - SPIN

Adjust sixth number of beats

Play Script

Play the tune script


Change tempo, rhythm,volume, etc at any desired time in the tune...

Any change in the tune you can make by hand can also be scripted to happen at any desired time in the tune. E.g. double the volume at 30 seconds, change the instruments played at 90 seconds or whatver.

How to use this window


Enter all the beats per bar for your rhythm or polyrhythm...

These beats get played from Parts 1 onwards in the Parts window. So you can adjust the instruments for each beat pattern there, the volume for each beat pattern, and so on.

If you want to hear a beat for the bar itself, make sure one of the patterns is set to 1 to beat just once per bar.

Ed Polyrhythms drop list

Edit the drop list of polyrhythms and rhythms to choose from...

It is just a plain text file, one rhythm to a line. To edit, enter new rhythms on a new line in the same format. When you close the text editor, the list here will automatically update to show your changes.

Tempo and Volume Variation

Set tempo for fractal tunes or vary tempo and volume...

You use this window to set the tempo, also to vary the tempo, and volumes continuously within the seed or "bar". Also you can configure the tune note sustain - how much each note overlaps the next one.

Less <<

Shows this window with either less space, less options, or alternative layout

# (number) Play Arpeggio

Click here to play it...

What this plays depends on the task selected from the Tasks menu.

It can play a retuned midi clip, chord progression, fractal tune or metronome


You can use Shift + click to fast forward...

Also Ctrl to fast forward even more. Shift multiplies the tempo by 10 and Ctrl multiplies it by 100, so the two together would play a fractal tune at for instance, 60,000 instead of 60 as the tempo. This is useful sometimes for fast forwarding through fractal tunes.


Pause playback, or continue play


Set master volume for FTS. Other controls also affect the volume...

Bs | Play control brings up the master volume control for Windows as a whole.

The volume is also affected by the volume for individual parts in the Parts (Ctrl + 9) window.

For the Wave shape player, go to the Wave Shape Player Audio Format (Ctrl + 188)

For CSound instruments, you can set the overall volume in the C Sound Save Opts (Ctrl + 168)

You can also vary the volume in Out | Options | More | Volume remapping, note on / off volumes etc. (Ctrl + 158) and if playing from Midi In there's another setting at In | Options | Keyboard Options | Touch. (Ctrl + 91)

See also Help | FAQ - trouble shooting | Why is everything so quiet

Help = F1

Click for help for this window. Or F1. Other opts: Shift , Alt, Ctrl + click...

F1 or click shows the help for the current window in your web browser.

Some windows may have no help yet in which case the help icon is shown crossed out with a red line.

Shift + F1 or Shift + Click brings up the tool tips extra help window (this window) to show any extra help for a tool tip.

You can tell if a tool tip has extra help if it ends ... like this one.

Ctrl + F1 or Ctrl + click takes you to the list of keyboard shortcuts for Tune Smithy.

Alt + F1 or Alt + click (alternatively Caps lock physically held down + F1 or Click) takes you to the on-line page at the web site about the current main window task - which gives a short introduction to it for newbies to the program. If there is no on-line page specific to a task, takes you to the main tune smithy page on the web site.

Since the help for Tune Smithy is currently a bit out of date and needs to be redone completely for the new 3.0 release, then you may find the on-line page for some of the newer tasks particularly useful.

Organise Windows = F2

Reset, or Save settings for this window. RIGHT CLICK for all windows menu...

Shows the Organise windows window - which you can use to reset all the parameters for the current window.

You can also use it to save the settings for just this window, or open previously saved parameters for just this window.

Also has a drop list of all the windows and their shortcuts, and related options - some to do with the menu listing, and some to do with window resizing and minimising.

Fractal Tunes Dialog Star

Tip of the day - Fractal Tunes category - right click for neighbouring windows...

Left click for a tip of the day in this category.

Right click to see a menu of neighbouring windows.

The neighbours are the ones you most often move to after this one or within a minute of this one, arranged by popularity.

So as you continue to use FTS, it will learn your habits, and the neighbouring windows listed here, should be the ones you most often visit after this one.

To Tune

Change the rhythm into a new FRACTAL TUNE

This makes your rhythm into a fractal tune, e.g. for fun, to brighten up a practice session, or as a basis for a new tune.

Any non melodic instruments in the parts for the tune are changed to melodic percussion.

Then a random seed is created for each rhythm.

Each time you use this button, a new, possibly different random tune will be created.

How to use this as a basis for a new fractal tune

If you want to edit the seed and transform your new fractal tune in other ways - for instance play a chord progression with the rhythm - you need to use the fractal player task.

To do that - save it as a tune smithy file and open it in the Fractal Player task, or choose to keep fractal tunes when you change to the Player Task.

How to use this to play a chord progression with your rhythm

Show Chord Progressions for Arpeggios (Ctrl + 151).

Choose Change at first seed pos in layer.

Set the Layer in Chord Progressions for Arpeggios (Ctrl + 151) to be the same as the number of rhythms.

If you want to try other tunings, use Template:W

(You can also use Chord Progressions for Arpeggios (Ctrl + 151) in the Rhythm Player task).

How does this work?

To see how this button works, here is how to do the same thing by hand:

Go to Seeds for Layers (Ctrl + 31) and switch on seeds for layers. In the More version of that window, set the number of seedsd to the number of rhythms for the polyrhythm. Then use Rand. formula to make a new random formula, then use Make Modular Arithmetic Seeds.

Neighbours, and Previous - Up - Next

Seed & Tune Transformations & Tune Options (Ctrl + 33)

Custom 2 or 3 Beat Fractal Rhythm (Ctrl + 34)

Fibonacci rhythm (Ctrl + 32)

Rearrange seed notes && Add to Seed (Ctrl + 30)

N.B. This list of neighbours may change when these pages are updated.

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