A term usually used in the context of a modular synthesizer, to refer to a patch which, once set up and initiated, produces notes and sounds indefinitely without any further input from the performer. Properly, the term usually refers to patches which produce random or quasi-random series of sounds, as opposed to a simple loop of notes. A skilled synthesist employing the modulation capabilities of a modular synthesizer can produce self-running patches which will continue to produce surprising notes, sounds, and runs over a period of minutes or even hours.

The terms "noodle", "noodling", and "bug music" are often used to refer to the art of creating self-running patches.

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