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Believe it or not, chaotic does not mean completely random to mathematicians. Chaos theory deals with systems that are random within certain boundaries – such as the path of a wobbling wheel or the frequency of a dripping faucet. Although they are not out of control, neither are they completely predictable. In synthesis, a chaotic system usually refers to a modulation generator that is similar to a low frequency oscillator, but which has unpredictable wobbles or glitches in an otherwise loosely or occasionally repetitive pattern. It can also refer to bursts of triggers that do not follow musical divisions.

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