# [PD] To divide a number in random parts

Caio Barros caio.barros at gmail.com
Sat Mar 5 03:09:57 CET 2011

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> Sorry for the lack of comments. It's kind of a brute-force method;
> maybe I'll go through and document it at some point, but I just threw
> it together today to show the concept. A couple of things: if your max
> and min durations are restrictive you get an awful lot of values at

the max and min (whereas you might want to randomize the corrected
> outliers within a certain range so that you get values that hover a
> certain random amount above the min or below the max).
>

I noticed that.

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> Also, the total number of beats should be quantized to the nearest
> subdivision but I didn't worry about that. I guess it's the user's
> responsibility.
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I'm not shure if I understood that. You mean that if I set the "nuber of
subdivisions per beat" as 10 I can't set the number of beats to, say 8,255?
As far as user's responsibility goes, it doesn't make sense to input
negative numbers, yet it is possible.

> Not sure about the go button, seems to work here. At some point you
> might wish to add a seed for the random if you don't want things to
> repeat from the last time you opened the patch.
>

Maybe I'm restricting the paramethers too much so the program doesn't have
many options. Hence the repetitions of results. I don't know.

Anyway, nice work. I didn't work yet with all those list objects, so I need
to learn them a bit.
Also, for my purposes I'm thinking of implementing two other tools to this
soon-to-be abstraction:
- The first one is a bang generator that outputs a bang at random time
intervals (with max and min defined by the user) running together with a
chronometer. So it outputs the exact time of the bangs. Maybe it could
output two times: the overall duration since the chronometer started and the
interval between tha bang and the last one, very easy to do.
- The second one is a table that give the duration of musical notes when the
user inputs the tempo. That's something that I saw once as an MS Excell
spreadsheet that the spanish composer Jose Manuel Lopez Lopez had and is
soooo useful. I remember that it even had many tempos side by side so the
composer could know when the triplet in tempo x is equal to sixteenth in
tempo y, à la elliott carter. I also have a friend that wanted to do that,
maybe we can team up.
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