Yes I know. It’s a weird name for a module. It’s manufactured by TINRS, an acronym for This Is Not Rocket Science. Tuesday is a sequencer, but it does its melodies through algorithms instead of programming steps. It looks stunning. It has X, Y and I inputs which influence the notes and intervals of the melody. It has outputs for note, gate, accent and velocity. Accent allows you to kick-off a function (or envelope) to attenuvert or color your sound. But there’s more. It has a tick output that translates neatly to 16 ticks in a bar and a beat output that provides an instant 4 to the floor. If I were the designer of this thing, I would have named it Saturday, because it grooves like a disco king. This is RocketScience after all.
This is the best live performance module ever.
Even if you’re not into dance music, you can easily slow it down to ambient speed and send some stray notes to the far edges of space. Multing the melody to two or more VCO’s and dividing the ticks with a multi channel gate sequencer can actually create some wonderful music that can just go on forever. I have lost several hours just turning knobs around. Tuesday supports several styles from the main panel, and has some more hidden features behind button combinations. But the (excellent) manual could have sufficed with power it up and have fun.
Tuesday has a lot in common with Mutable Instruments Marbles, Ornament & Crime and a Turing Machine. Marbles can drive a three voice drum kit and instead of one melody it can do three related ones. So basically Marbles can drive a full music track. It can also randomize the notes, vary gate lengths and humanize the beats. So – on paper – Marbles looks far superior. The same applies to Ornament & Crime which offers a four track sequencer, four LFO’s, turing machines, a copiermachine and some of the easter eggs that where orginally featured in Mutable Instruments Peaks and Frames. But paper superiority does not count. The biggest difference between Tuesday and the competition is: Marbles sounds like ‘elevator music’ while Tuesday sounds like a party. Marbles and O_C offer generative mathematical music. Tuesday swings and grooves.
I got stunning results when I hooked it up to the MakeNoise 0-Coast, especially when turning dynamics down with sparse notes and turning it way up at the ‘drop’ of your track.
A second experiment using Plaits and lots of other MI modules did not shine as the 0-Coast did. This is weird, because Plaits is a pretty powerful oscillator. It has no sense of groove. I think it has something to do with Tuesday’s velocity and accent outputs. You can just patch it anywhere you like with the 0-Coast, while Plaits will need additional modules to make it interesting. I also used a Stages module to try that, but still it didn’t dance. Also, Tuesday outputs different gate times, so hooking it up to a plain trigger input will be boring compared to a VCA with Envelope. So to get the most out of it you’ll need a dual VCA with different envelopes for velocity and accent. The 0-Coast will definitely benefit from additional modules, but runs fine on its own.
Yes, ofcourse. Here’s a demo of Tuesday driving the 0-Coast. I will not include a Plaits version out of respect for Mutable Instruments.