# [PD] To divide a number in random parts

Caio Barros caio.barros at gmail.com
Sat Mar 5 00:57:35 CET 2011

```Whoa! Nice! It worked very well here.
Although sometimes I have to press the "Go" button more than once to get
different results, even when I change the paramethers.
Will do some more testing.
I need some time to understand this patch but it looks awesome.

2011/3/4 Matt Barber <brbrofsvl at gmail.com>

> I attached an example that will do something like what you want, using list
> abs.
>
> Without much trouble you could make this into an abstraction.
>
> It follows the first solution someone posted -- pick a bunch of random
> numbers and then scale them so the total equals the target. I added a
> few things, though -- it also rounds the numbers to the nearest
> subdivision that you specify, and it goes through the list and moves
> anything lower than the min or higher than the max duration to the min
> or max, compensating elsewhere, until all the durations are in range.
> I capped the number of searches for outliers to 1000, but you could
> change that or get rid of it as need be.
>
> I haven't tested this thoroughly, so let me know.
>
> MB
>
>
>
> >> Note that if you sum 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10, that's already 55. How many
> time
> >> units do you have per 48 seconds ? (do you have a base tempo at all ?)
> >>
> >> And then what do you want the distribution to be like ? Is there any
> >> maximum duration of a chord, minimum duration of a chord, etc ?
> >>
> >>
> > It's funny that you said that. I slept over this problem and yes, I want
> the
> > chords to have a minimun and maximun duration. They don't need to bee all
> of
> > different durations, the important is this section of the piece to sound
> > like random/chaotic durations, and as we know random numbers (or
> durations?)
> > sometimes don't look random. I will even make this again for the attacks
> of
> > individual notes of the chords so the section will have a truly chaotic
> > feeling.
> > And by the way the tempo of this section is quarter = 60 so it's very
> easy
> > to do this. (thank you Mathieu for making me think about it more deeply)
> >
> > Thank you guys for the other answers. This really helps.
> >
> > Caio Barros
>
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