Tim Exile’s creativity in Reaktor seems to know no bounds. I recently talked about the SLOW, Tim’s extraordinary spacey reverb, but this time he’s turned his attention to evolutionary loop sequencing with FLOWs.
Tim has this setup he calls the Flow Machine. He’s built it as an extended DJ and performance rig which incorporates all sorts of hardware controllers and software. It enables him to improvise and perform with sound. FLOWs takes Tim’s last five years of improvised loops and slaps them into an evolving, interactive and improvisational instrument.
Here’s how he describes it:
Explore, mutate and create sonic structures with audio-reactive sculpting and stochastic modulation.
The FLOWs interface explores those 5 years deliberately. Set the year and month and then you can dial in different loops by days. Presumably, these are all truthfully chronological, but who cares? You dial in 4 loops and use the visual glowy thing in the middle to mix and morph between them. Each loop has controls over mix, dynamics and filter. There’s a reverb built in that sounds a lot like SLOW.
You can mess with everything as much as you like, or you can hit the play button and watch it unfold.
What you can’t do is introduce your own content. What it becomes is actually an incredibly interesting way to release new material. It’s a sonic installation of Tim’s work that’s interactive and lets you create your own mix. So, as I’ve been writing this article I’ve essentially been listening to Tim’s music evolve through the clever use of algorithms. And it sounds flipping awesome – it’s just bubbling away in the background. It’s a genius way to get your music talked about on technology news sites. I would love this to become an engine into which you could place your own samples but as of now it’s more art than it is instrument.
It’s completely free because Tim loves everybody on the planet. But he’d also appreciate donations if you feel moved by his work. You will need Reaktor 6 or Reaktor Player to make it all work. More information on the website.