Polyrhythms are the essence of many kinds of music traditions. So why not adapt them to some machines for playing them in an electronic setting?

Neven, aka Nadine Raihani, recently delved into the topic at Berlin’s Tresor for an edition of Native Sessions. You could build sequencers in Reaktor from the beginning, but recent ensemble editions let you get up and running quickly – and connect to Native Instruments hardware. Watch:

Here, you get MASCHINE JAM for REAKTOR and NOD-E as the sequencers, as a setup for live playing and improvisation.

It’s great to watch this because Neven, a product specialist at NI, did an earlier version of this at an event I was moderating a couple of years ago, back when Reaktor 6 was brand new. In this edition, she also used this as an example of how to modify ensembles.

If you want to revisit that:

In just a few minutes, mod a Euclidean Sequencer in Reaktor

  • Robin Parmar

    The FIRST video shows not polyrhythms but polymeters. There’s a huge difference. A polymeter has beat divisions locked in sync, with every beat the same length and taking the same time. However, the number of beats per measure on each track is different. That’s something electronic instruments do easily.

    A polyrhythm involves notes of different lengths played against each other. So, say 5 notes in the same time span as 4. Most electronic instruments do not do this, other than the simple case of playing triplets. The SECOND video does indeed demonstrate polyrhythms.

    Korg really innovated with the Warp mode on the Volca FM. But unfortunately only on that instrument. Not sure if anyone can suggest other polyrhythm implementations?

    P.S. I use the exact same sequencers Neven does. Must be because they are the best. 🙂

    • Jack Mazzotti

      Five12 Numerology with a launchpad or push in user mode blows this stuff away. It is an endless modular midi sequencing environment that is simple and inspiring to use.

    • Jack Mazzotti

      here is an example of how I numerology in Live
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nZE-4M2ft4g

  • Massi

    Yeah I was also impresed :)))
    Îm waiting for this jam sequencer Reaktor :)))
    thank you for sharing:)))