i usually don't care about making things downloadable (and I would rather things be downloadable), but this music isn't mine (and i don't want to get hit by copyright things) and it's for an academic-oriented visualization (and we're wanting to tie the music into it) so we're also in the process of trying to get permission and/or figure out fair-use sorta things.
in other news, I'm presenting (well, being zoom present and having a prerecorded presentation shared) at mgss hosted by mcgill tmw on my project with sofy yuditskaya and sophia sun which was a ml-based karaoke art installation:
ai, robotics, grad school
what i like and don't like about this robotics ai class is that if i mess around enough, i can get things working moderately well and not know quite why it works. which i guess is the case with a lot of code sometimes but also means i should probably study for the final.
ai, robotics, grad school
i've been taking robotics: ai techniques this semester and i'm actually enjoying these ai sorts of things, although it seems like 95% of getting these things to work is in the tuning and I don't think we've been given nearly enough info how how to tune these things and I'm still not very good at it.
i find it fun how it's taking these simple sounding ideas and you write code and oh hey, look at you over there you're doing things all by yourself that's pretty cool. not sure how to apply it to my art things yet and i don't think i wanna get into robotics (so what am i going to do with learning ai things?! dunno quite yet) but it makes me wanna take the rest of the ai-related classes. i'm also appreciating how so far it feels way less stats-y than ml-related material i've come across so far (bc i never really particularly liked stats) and we don't have to download huge data sets but we'll see where this all goes.
polybius squares, boxes, and shaders
online gallery I curate for has a little project called "Yours, AML Space" where we send around a box and decorate it as we are fit and this is my little contribution. Made something in #p5js to generate stylized depictions of polybius squares ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polybius_square ) showing the positions within the square and the sides showing in dots the rows and columns the letters lay in the square when encoded. The squares say "CONNECTION" and are overlaid a picture I took from the... Denver airport I think? Some airport a long time ago and I used a fragment shader to basically reverse the colors where the square bits are.
The little blurb I've been posting along with this picture is: "a connection based on the same shared earth, underneath the same big sky." because I suppose particularly for me its easy to forget we're all in this same physical world together even though we might not see each other physically? and it seemed fitting for this project.
i really like the production the latest jaga jazzist album wrt the different senses of space layered on top of each other
reading stuff for hci class and listening to this ol' thing again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNxPGQ3eokI think "from me flows what you call time" was one of the first pieces i really liked with a lot of percussion in it (being a percussionist and all) and i still like it a lot.
also there is so much debussy in it but then again i think a lot of things sound like debussy
anybody have any ideas of a wearable accelerometer/gyro sensor that is close to ready-to-go out-of-the-box as possible? i'm working on a project with somebody across the country and not quite sure of their circuitry/soldering skills so want to make it simple for them as possible. low-cost a plus.
the closest thing i've come up with is an adafruit feather with a built-in nrf/bluetooth: https://www.adafruit.com/product/4062 and a featherwing 9-dof imu: https://www.adafruit.com/product/4565 and it looks like we'll have to get one of their li-ion batteries too.
how vs what
finally finishedmy online irb citi training last night and it's kinda interesitng how much the way things are presented makes me enthusiastic or not enthusiastic about something (not sure if that's a flaw of mine or not). like the training was all about ethics in research which I'd think is something i'd at least find interest in, but the way it was presented makes me not want to learn more about it or think about it for awhile...
kinda reminds me of when i took a C programming class in undergrad it was such a boring and unorganized class that it def didn't help steer me in the "doing things with computers" path or get me interested in computers and look at what I'm up to these days
i didn't pursue music when i first started out in undergrad half-bc the playing music in high school situation was horrible and i hated it... but then i later got a doctorate in playing music lol
anyways, this makes me consider how vs what in different contexts like how things are taught for example
i have gone through 3 of the 16 modules and i'm really dreading going through the rest of them. i fell asleep going through the second one.
i have been taking irb citi training for my hci class and i get the importance of it all but it is one heck of a slog to get through and the way it's presented just burns the heck out of my brain where i really just don't want to think anymore and i can't help but wonder if there's a more effective way of presenting the information. even the audio/video components are just a synthesized voice reading huge chunks of text on slides that don't auto-advance and it's like whyyyyyyyyy
remoteness and physicality
as great as remote options are (and i wouldn't have the opp to pursue a master's in cs otherwise), it feels weird and this is coming from somebody who grew up not really being around a lot of people/growing up internet-oriented and have a default state of that
like it feels weird to watch a lecture and then not exiting a lecture hall with other people even though i might not really talk to them
going through school originally as a performer, it feels really weird doing online algoraves and not being on a stage and being at home the entire time. not many people would come to student recitals but still, the stage is this special thing and has this special aura where i can be not-me and the after-performance situations which sometimes felt kinda anticlimactic i still liked
i guess then, despite me being me, i kinda value physicality and it is irreplaceable? physical places have auras, set moods and people do as well. so much is lost that can't be captured remotely (and could they ever be captured?).
i suppose part of this ramblings is that with grad school being grad school and me being me that i have back-of-the-mind fears that i will get lost in my own little world again without the chance and non-chance situations that being physically going to school forces me into but we will see...
picked hci bc it seems the most applicable to the stuff i've been doing lately? but also apparently it is a lot of reading and writing every week and i am a very slow (and easily distracted) reader (and writer) so that makes me a bit nervous...
ai robotics bc i'm planning on going down the ai/human-related specialization (basically the most human-related specialization they have and i didn't want to go to straight up ml or robotics or software design) and mb some autonomous agent sorta thing could show up in my art stuff from it
been looking at speech synthesis again and came across this which seems preeeeeeeeetty darn comprehensive: https://www.charlesames.net/sound/speech-synthesis.html .
previously only futzed around with vowel formants in pure data and was looking into how to model consonants but it looks like there many more worms in the can i have opened 😩 😩 😩 (on a sidenote, do worms really come in cans and is the worm-in-can packaging method problematic?)
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