An Infinite Jazz Music Generator

Last modified: I recently became a bit more interested in how the bass behaves in various styles of music, and eventually ended up looking at walking bass lines. After messing around with my bass guitar for several hours, I wanted some algorithmic walking bass – and then I quickly wanted infinite walking algo-bass. Then I …

Some Algorithmic Art

When I’m too tired to do anything else useful, but not quite tired enough to sleep, I sometimes open up an image editing program like GIMP, load up some kind of geometric image, and then smash it to death with filters and other transformations until it either looks more interesting/appealing or so hideous that I …

Something Kind of Like Asteroids

More fun with embedding Processing in WordPress. Use the mouse to guide your white, strangely circular space ship (space orb?) through the asteroid field. Click to fire your laser and blast apart things in your way, but use it wisely since it has a cool-down time and can cause debris to change trajectory unpredictably.

Simple Fractals in Processing

I was playing around this week with ways to demonstrate recursion in Processing and also looking into embedding small Processing sketches on the web. So, here is my first experiment, embedded using the processingjs wordpress plugin (I had to use version 1.0 and install manually; couldn’t get the newer version in wordpress’s plugins list to work for …

Working with MIDI on Mac (OS X)

Last modified: Update 24-Aug-2018: the information in this post (originally from Sept 2016) is still relevant for OSX 10.13. References to the outdated/unavailable apps have been removed. Note: this page describes setup for OS X 10.11-10.13. Some older versions like 10.10 and 10.9 are essentially the same where MIDI is concerned, but your millage may vary …

Vermetid Snails in the Aquarium

As a keeper of marine aquariums for many years, one of the more interesting categories of animals I’ve encountered are Vermetid snails. They are not your typical snails, as perhaps can be seen from the picture below. In breaking down my aquariums for a move recently, I discovered some nice examples of shells from a larger species …