Week 8 Lesson 1 - Shifting time / beat rotation with <~ and ~>

Bliemy, it's week 8 already.. Lets do some time travel with <~ and ~>

-- SHIFTING TIME

-- Lets start with a rhythm:
d1 $ n "[0 [1 0] 6*2 [3 4*2], 8(5,8)]" # sound "cpu2"

-- That's repeating nicely. Keep it running, then run this:
d1 $ 0.25 <~ (n "[0 [1 0] 6*2 [3 4*2], 8(5,8)]" # sound "cpu2")

-- If you switch between them, you can hear the pattern is shifting in
-- time. The `0.25` means it's shifting by a quarter of a cycle.

-- You only hear any difference between them at the point where you
-- switch to the other one. You're jumping forward / backward in time,
-- but once you're there, nothing has changed. (!)

-- Ok, time travel is difficult to talk about.

-- Lets visualise this, compare these two:
drawLine "a b c d"

drawLine $ 0.25 <~ "a b c d"

-- You can see the a b c d sequence is the same, but in the latter
-- case, the cycle begins on the 'b'.

-- So '<~' has moved us _forward_ into the future. So shouldn't it be
-- '~>', rather than '<~'?? Well, we might have moved into the future,
-- but it's all relative - from the perspective of the pattern, it's
-- moved backwards into the past. Furthermore, while we like to think
-- about us moving forwards into the future, from the perspective of
-- the future, it's moving backwards into the past. Furthermore
-- different human cultures think about time in different ways.

-- Anyway, '~>' does indeed exist, compare these two:

drawLine $ 0.25 <~ "a b c d"

drawLine $ 0.25 ~> "a b c d"

-- Time is most interesting if you keep jumping around
-- For example jump every 3 cycles:
d1 $ every 3 (0.25 <~) $ n "[0 [1 0] 6*2 [3 4*2], 8(5,8)]" # sound "cpu2"
  # crush 4

-- Jumping in the other direction has quite a different feel:
d1 $ every 3 (0.25 ~>) $ n "[0 [1 0] 6*2 [3 4*2], 8(5,8)]" # sound "cpu2"
  # crush 4

-- You can also use a pattern for the time shift amount:
d1 $ "<0 0.25 0.75>" ~>
  (n "[0 [1 0] 6*2 [3 4*2], 8(5,8)]" # sound "cpu2" # crush 4)

-- Even with this straightforward shifting, things quickly start
-- sounding 'random', until your ears lock on to the longer loop..

-- SIDETRACK - a note on syntax..

-- Unfortunately this use of the dollar *doesn't work*:
d1 $ "<0 0.25 0.75>" ~> $ n "[0 [1 0] 6*2 [3 4*2], 8(5,8)]"
  # sound "cpu2" # crush 4

-- This is because like all operators, you can't use a dollar to group
-- together a pattern to send to `~>` in this way. haskell gets
-- confused about seeing two operators ('$' and '~>') next to each
-- other.

-- So you have to use parenthesis:
d1 $ "<0 0.25 0.75>" ~> (n "[0 [1 0] 6*2 [3 4*2], 8(5,8)]"
  # sound "cpu2" # crush 4)

-- Or another way around this is to wrap the *operator* in
-- parenthesis, then you can use it like a normal function:
d1 $ (~>) "<0 0.25 0.75>" $ n "[0 [1 0] 6*2 [3 4*2], 8(5,8)]"
  # sound "cpu2" # crush 4

-- Or wrap the first input and the operator in parenthesis:
d1 $ ("<0 0.25 0.75>" ~>) $ n "[0 [1 0] 6*2 [3 4*2], 8(5,8)]"
  # sound "cpu2" # crush 4

-- This all works nicely with chopped-up loops:
d1 $ every 2 ("e" <~) $ every 3 (0.25 <~) $
  loopAt 1 $ chop 8 $ sound "break:8"
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Alex, I've noticed a couple of instances where you appear to halt the play of tidal without the use of a hush command, is this the case, or am I imagining it. If so how is that happening?

Yes with the latest version of the atom tidalcycles plugin you can do this with ctrl and .

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Thank you very much for all this!!! There aren't any new lessons for week 8 yet, right? Still I feel like I have a lot of practice to do first!!

For week 8 there is this lesson on shifting time, and lesson 2 on binary patterns.. Plus a 'function of the week' video on weave, plus Jack's live stream archive on integrating Tidal with a DAW.

Here's a list of everything in reverse date order: https://club.tidalcycles.org/c/course/14?order=created

I am planning to finish things off belatedly with an additional lesson, hopefully later this week. Sorry for the delay on that.

I'm still thinking about a new four-week block, but with holidays and so on, that might not happen for a month or two.

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Awesome! Thank you