I haven’t really been doing much of late on the programmatic music tip. Instead, I’ve been collaborating with a friend, Insert36, on arranging and writing new songs in Reason 4.0. I really don’t think I could have produced this kind of musical output with the previous versions, primarily because of the ratty old sequencer. The new Reason sequencer is much easier to work with, and it keeps things infinitely more organized and workable. I used to use Ableton Live and sometimes Cubase SX to arrange anything longer than a few bars, but I can get things done now without having to slave everything to a Rewire host and have 2 sequencers running. I’ve always gotten along really well with Reason, so take this with a grain of salt, but I really think that 4.0 is the most important product the Propellerheads have put out since ReBirth or Reason 1.0.
I’m still finding a little time to tweak on Pure Data here and there, but I haven’t reached a stage where I’m really getting any particularly useful results. Interesting — yes. Useful — no.