The Counterpointer is a synthesizer that generates three-voice harmonies in the style of Bach, and in dialog with the user.
It is the first device in The Well–Sequenced Synthesizer, a series of synthesizers that explores new ways of interacting with music.
The Counterpointer was presented, in different iterations, at Ableton Loop Summit (Berlin, 2016), Moogfest (Durham, NC, 2016), New Museum's NEW INC showcase (NYC, 2016), Red Bull Arts New York (NYC, 2015), and the NIME conference (London, 2014).
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Malika Boudissa and Merche Blasco play with the Counterpointer III At Moogfest 2016.
After the user enters a sequence of eight notes through a step-sequencer, an algorithm runs through thousands of melodies to generate soprano and bass voices to the alto input, using the harmonic rules of counterpoint developed during the Renaissance.
New Museum's NEW INC Interview about The Counterpointer II
Roman Lewis from DAMEHT tries The Counterpointer II at Red Bull Studios in NYC.
Execerpt from Alfred Mann's translation of Joseph Fux's Gradus ad Parnassum (1725), the source of the algorithm rules in The Counterpointer.
Design and assembly of The Counterpointer III at the New Inc studio
Jeremy Pickett working on the wooden boxes for the Counterpointer III at his Red Hook shop.
Musicians play-test the Counterpointer II