Poly-rhythmic Knob Twiddling

Poly-rhythms are traditionally used as rudiments by drummers playing a rhythm with one hand or foot while playing another rhythm with the other hand or foot. I wondered if this discipline could also be applied to the art of manipulating effects.  The knob rotation patterns can have four basic staring points.  The pattern can start with both knobs set to the left, to the right, pointing toward each other or away from each other.

L = Left hand
R = Right hand
<, > = Direction of knob rotation

Rotation Pattern 1
R L R R L R L L
> < < > > < < >

Rotation Pattern 2
R L R R L R L L
< < > < > > < >

Rotation Pattern 3
R L R R L R L L
> > < > < < > <

Rotation Pattern 4
R L R R L R L L
< > > < < > > <

The effects used for the demo clip below, Dance of the Knobs were a filter envelope, volume pedal, jet phaser, pitch shift and ring modulator. The sound source was a repeated melody played on a Moog.  Various rhythms and melodies were played manually over top with the pitch shift and other effects.  

This playing method is still a work in progress. It really has not found a home yet in a specially designed instrument. But I have a few ideas in mind that I would like to try one day budget permitting.


Dance of the Knobs
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