You may not enjoy this type of thing, but I find it oddly relaxing. This is a fairly simple patch in VCV Rack. Three FM-type sine oscillators are playing a convoluted pattern in a subset of 19-note equal temperament. You’ll see the patch itself near the end of the video, but I blunked out the patch cords to make it look prettier.
There are lots of ways to make microtonal music, lots of FM-type sine oscillators, and lots of ways to do LFO modulation, all of which you’ll hear in this video. There are also lots of ways to do polyrhythms — but I suspect the Mog Network module, which is the mastermind in this brief piece, is the only device that can produce what we might call embedded poly-structures. The pattern of notes is not at all random, it’s entirely determinate, but the pattern is not easy to grasp by listening. You can sense it; but what is it?
The same patch could be used to make a conventional 12-note-per-octave piece, but I claim it would be a lot less interesting. The tuning here is exotic and perhaps unsettled, and that contributes to the musical effect.
This is an example of what I call wohnzimmermusik (living-room music). It’s meant to be heard in the home. Something of the sort might work in a small experimental music venue, but it’s the absolute antithesis of concert music. Possibly that’s a reflection of a new musical culture, and that may be a good thing. I enjoy playing concerts, but making music at home is more energizing creatively.