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Innovative Chord Generation


Tetriq is inspired by the classic Gameboy Russian Bricks game, it’ll create chords and melodies based on the infamous block shapes joining together in a line.

User Guide:


Developer: Mark Towers
Compatibility: Ableton Live 9.7.5 | Live 10+
OS: Mac & Windows
Min. Requirements: MaxforLive is Essential


Tetriq is a MaxforLive Generative Sequencers that can be used on it’s own or integrated with Ableton Live supported controllers. Designed and created by Ableton Certified Trainer Mark Towers each device takes it’s inspiration from the hours sat in the darkness staring at the falling blocks on his Gameboys screen.

Tetriq works in standalone mode or can be controlled directly by the Ableton PUSH & Push TWO or Novation LaunchPad & LaunchPad PRO!

Inspired by the Gameboy classic, we use the original shapes of blocks principle to create Chords and powerful Arpeggiator sequences.

With device lock now common to all of the Arcade Series you can have your Ableton Push playing Tetriq whilst your LaunchPad smashes PolyPin around!


The Shape Sequencer generates up to 8 classic shapes. They move in different directions and at different speeds. If they join momentarily to create a horizontal line, the sequencer triggers the chord engine.


The Chord Engine receives chords from the Chord Engine, or from incoming MIDI, and turns them into melodic sequences. The Arp has a unique velocity sequencer which can also be controlled by supported control surfaces.


The Arpeggiator is a unique probability based game in itself. Chord can be created at random, or settings can be made to keep chord generation within user defined. limits.


The shape sequencer, chord engine and arpeggiator can all be bypassed independently. Bypassing specific modules and routing MIDI notes into the device allows for a customised MIDI signal flow. Send your own chords into the arpeggiator or use the chord engine to turn single notes into chords with probability functions.

All of which is then output back visually to your chosen control surface so you can get your eyes off of the laptop screen!

Also available as part of the Arcade Series One and completes the line up consisting of Asteroids,  PolyPin and Pong Deluxe


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Released 10th Feb

  • Update for Tetriq GUI to make it more visible



Our Products are generally provided as Zip file downloads which in all cases will need to be extracted and saved to your hard drive prior to installation. Details on the different file type provided and what to do with them are below.

.alp Files – These are Ableton Live Packs and will install directly into the Packs Section of the browser of Ableton Live. When you double click on them you will see a pop up window asking you to confirm that installation is ok as the files are described as “Legacy”. This is fine and you are ok to proceed, the packs are created using the format for an earlier version of Live and so remain compatible with the current version.

.amxd files – These are individual MaxforLive Devices and can be stored anywhere on your hard drive. We’d advise creating a folder for them and then adding that folder as a location within the Places section of Lives Browser.

Control Surface Scripts – Please refer to the individual User Guides provided with your download, an abridged version of the installation will be shown further down this page.

ClyphX Pro – Please refer directly to the manual and installation video for this specific product.

Novation Circuit Packs – These are provided as individual Sysex Files and as a complete bank file. All are to be installed using a version of the Circuit Editor and not via Novations Components back up utility.


Mark Towers

Based in Leicester, England, Mark is an artist, developer and educator in electronic music. As an Ableton Certified Trainer, much of Mark’s work is deeply entwined with Ableton Live and custom Max for Live devices which focus on offering unique ways of creating, performing and interacting with the music making process. As well as software development with Isotonik Studios, Mark also designs and builds music installations and custom hardware all with a continuing goal: making music fun. As a keen enthusiast of quirky electronic music hardware, Mark’s first steps in the world of Max for Live saw the development of Push Pong, a generative sequencer that uses the 8×8 button grid on Push as a bouncing ball melodic generator. The success of this free device led onto the development of the Arcade Series and the Arcade Series Returns; a collection of Max for Live sequencers all inspired by classic arcade games that make use of supported grid-based controllers for Live.Mark’s latest device, the Multi Analyser, which is a multi-channel frequency analyser for mixing, makes use of a new feature in Live 10 whereby multiple audio tracks in Live can be routed to a single Max for Live device. This has undoubtedly been one of Mark’s most popular devices and led to the development of the Multi Analyser XL offering even more in-demand features to aid the mixing process.Mark is currently working on new controller-based sequencer devices and a number of collaborative projects with fellow developers and sound designers.For more info on hardware/music installation projects out: 

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