Hi, I'm Paul. I'm a computer musician and researcher, currently thinking about lyricism what it means for a computer to sing. I explore quirky vocal synthesis DSP algorithms and try to control them in interesting ways.
As a musician-turned-programmer, one of the things I try to do is build resources for topics related to audio programming and DSP that I wish I had when I was starting out. My aim is to empower digital musicians to "dig in" more and craft their own toys and tools for their work.
I also bake a lot. Expect many pictures of bread and croissants here, among other things.
A brief guide to me:
I "organize" many projects and ideas on my personal wiki:
I talk about what I'm currently working on in my "now" page:
I keep a list of projects I've done:
I use "metapages" to better organize thoughts and wiki pages:
For more research-y stuff, I maintain a zettelkasten-wiki that functions as a knowledge base:
The line "mr. coffee with an automatic drip" from the song The Bad Touch by Bloodhound Gang has great rhythm to it. It makes for a really nice 11/8 groove, with "Mr" being a pickup.
Emphasizing things as: (mister) COffee with an AUtoMatic Drip mister. Repeat.
A 2+2+2+2+3 subdivision with "drip mister" being the triple at the end of the bar.
On federation, blocked servers and adjacency, longish ramble
Like a lot of instances, ours blocks most of the problematic freeze-peach servers and doesn’t federate with them. For those that aren’t defederated, I mute and block users.
Then along comes a new server, it might even be a single-user instance, and they follow me. I check out their timeline in my client and it’s clean, so I don’t block them. I might even follow them back if their bio is interesting.
What I haven’t noticed is that their timeline is full of interactions with blocked users and instances, because my client isn’t displaying them.
I don’t like that this happens. It puts me and my mutuals in danger. It may lead to a mutual challenging me, rightly, about why I follow that user when it is interacting with other toxic instances.
I don’t know how to solve this. Advice is solicited.
Did some more digging. I think I'm hearing port noise? Going to 50hz exposes it, so I guess it's some harmonics that is adding distortion?
I'm using sine waves to test it which is super clinical. Other music sounds fine with it.
hi folks, thank you for having me:) now for a little #introduction
i’m Kel, and i’m a part time student after 10 years away from academia. prior to this, i was a sys admin (mdm deployment and identity management) for a few tech companies. i’m now back in school for social work.
i’m also a practicing buddhist, and a musician. looking forward to spending some time in the brand-less space with you all. peace and love.
cool paper I saw at (virtual) INTERSPEECH: Speech Synthesis for Poetic speech! With a demo on huggingface:
they actually did a study to see if their model makes speech sound "more poetic" than a regular TTS system and it does!
It's official- the studio I work for is shuttering in a month.
If you need or know someone who needs either:
- A Unity/C# Generalist
- A programmer with a background in music / audio technology
- An Art Hacker with gallery / museum experience
for paid work, I would deeply appreciate the connection
Boosts much appreciated.
Research Goals, Long Term
I always tell people that "I teach computers how to sing", but what does that even mean?
This rhetorical question has lead me down the path of something I've been calling "Gesture". For me, it's a set of concepts and structures inspired by the human voice, as well as a set of DSP algorithms I've developed.
As a composer, my intent is to explore Gesture and see where it takes me.
Fun fact: my grandfather built the tall case clocks we have. It's literally a Grandfather clock for me.
Them: cool! What genres of music do you listen to?
Me (grandfather clocks one room over begin chime the current hour): downtempo?
This bug was causing me a lot of trouble when I was using Firefox to get the pronunciation of something. I guess if you want to play a single sound event, it needs to "turn on" the sound. The delay made it so I could only hear half the word.
My workaround was to play at low volume (but not mute) Spotify in the background to keep the audio client from closing every time.
Safari does not have this issue.
I teach computers how to sing.
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