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String-Theory applied to Music

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

I have always found the nature of musical tones interesting; this interest just increased! – We have a lot to learn from studying the maths and nature of waves in general, and applying the science to music might just be one of the greatest ways to do this. Go go string-theory!!

An anonymous slashdot reader notes a Time.com profile of Princeton University music theorist Dmitri Tymoczko, who has applied some string-theory math to the study of music and found that all possible chordal music can be represented in a higher-dimensional space. His research was published last year in Science — it was the first paper on music theory they ever ran. The paper and background material, including movies, can be viewed at Tymoczko’s site.

The Demo Scene – An introduction

Friday, August 12th, 2005

As an old demo group (GiGA Prod.) founder, organizer, main coder and 3D animator, I wouldn’t miss this opportunity to introduce ya’ll to the wonderful Demo Scene, a sub-culture of the Warez Scene, where people strived to outperform each other in the fields of programming (coding), graphics (2D+3D) and music (sounds and tunes).

Scene Rep – About The Demo Scene

Scene Zine Monthly

Mammatus Clouds Rule!!

Thursday, August 11th, 2005

As most of you don’t know, I am a big cloud fan and it never siezes to amaze how infinite chaos can reveal such beauty. I have never seen this type of clouds before – the Mammatus clouds, remind me of melting snow, and have a remarkable dense substance that makes them very special to look at. I will definitely be looking forward to experiencing these wonders in person.

Photos of the Mammatus clouds are (c) copyrighted by Jorn C. Olsen.

See more Spectacular Mammatus Clouds over Hastings, Nebraska.

Be sure to visit Jorn C. Olsen’s Gallery.

Inkscape 0.42: Scalable Vector Graphics Editor

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Ok! Why did I not know about Inkscape before today??! It looks amazing and it’s said that the new version is a major feature update, and although I haven’t tried it out yet, from the screenshots it’s pretty easy to see that this tool is also for the big boys, it works with SVG which makes even more happy, since I was about to begin some SVG experimenting anyways soon, and it’s soo boring to draw complex vector drawings by handcoding, believe you me!!

Here’s the intro text from the Inkscape Website:

Inkscape is an open source drawing tool with capabilities similar to
Illustrator, Freehand, and CorelDraw that uses the W3C standard scalable vector graphics format (SVG). Some supported SVG features include basic shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, and grouping. In addition, Inkscape supports Creative Commons meta-data, node-editing, layers, complex path operations, text-on-path, and SVG XML editing. It also imports several formats like EPS, Postscript, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.

Inkscape’s main motivation is to provide the Open Source community with a fully W3C compliant XML, SVG, and CSS2 drawing tool. Additional planned work includes conversion of the codebase from C/Gtk to C++/Gtkmm, emphasizing a lightweight core with powerful features added through an extension mechanism, and the establishment of a friendly, open, community-oriented development process.

* Inkscape.org – Draw Freely

* Slashdot | Inkscape 0.42: The Ultimate Answer

Is Programming Art?

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

chromatic writes “A constant question for software developers is ‘What is the nature of programming?’ Is it art or science? Does creativity or engineering lead the design and implementation of a program? John Littler talked to several well-known and well-respected programmers (including Guido van Rossum, Andy Hunt, Bjarne Stroustrup, Paul Graham, and Richard Stallman) to find their answers; he shares their thoughts and his own in Art and Computer Programming.” From the article: “What the heck is art anyway, at least as most people understand it? What do people mean when they say ‘art’? A straw poll showed a fair degree of consensus–art is craft plus a special degree of inspiration. This pretty much explains immediately why only art students and art critics at a certain sort of paper favor conceptual art. Conceptual art, of course, often lacks a craft component as people usually understand the term.”

* Slashdot | Is Programming Art?