One of the features of conductor mode that has already proven a useful tool for varying and generating interesting beats is phase-shifting. Finding a best or simply workable phase relation between two loops in the bongo and the djembe is not unlike tuning in to a radio station; some phase relations lock into a good groove and others wobble awkwardly. The awkward ones are excusable, even useful, if they are part of a larger process, as in Reich’s music, but that’s not really the purpose here. I’m looking more for variety amid consistently interesting and funky textures. The weird moments could take listeners out of the moment–especially if they’re dancing. The challenge for me, if I’m going to phase-shift material in loops is to find material that is interesting regardless of phase relation or somehow know in advance which phase relations to avoid.