"haunting" series, post-thoughts
Just finished rewatching "The Haunting of Hill House" after finishing "Haunting of Bly Manor" for the first time. Both of these shows follow a similar horror/drama "formula" and it works really well.
A few other things I really appreciated seeing, and hope to see in other shows:
Self-contained stories in a mini-series format. Writers can actually do their job when they know when the show will end.
An emphasis on the theatre tradition. Many of the scenes almost feel like a stage play. Many scenes in both shows basically boil down to throwing many personalities in a room and having them interact with a single camera in what usually feels like one take. The actors with experience/training on-stage just seem to thrive really well with this format. Captured some great ensemble AND individual performances IMO.
describing audio graphs: postfix vs s-expressions
In my experience:
postfix notation is the most satisfying to type out. complex patches can be constructed in just a few keystrokes. Things flow really nicely in a live-coding environment this way. The big downside is that things get very confusing very quickly! you also need to know how many arguments each word takes in ahead of time, and that's easy to lose track of.
s-expressions outline structure in a very elegant way, and it's what things computer music environments like CLM and nyquist do. it's very easy to grok the signal flow of a patch. The downside here is parentheses and spacing/alignment. If you don't have a text editor built to automate at least some of this, you're going to have a bad time.
My hybridized approach has been a natural evolution. It just sort of happened, but it's been quite helpful for more complex patches. Breaking things up into lines makes the procedural aspect of it more obvious. Also, it's much easier to type.
describing audio graphs: postfix vs s-expressions
Over the years, I've adopted a pretty weird way to describe audio graphs that's a hybrid between postfix notation and postfix (RPN) notation.
As an example, this code below uses postfix notation to create a sine pitched at middle C (60) with a another 6hz sine being used to add some vibrato:
6 0.15 sine 60 add mtof 0.5 sine
Here it is as an S expression. In practice, this would evaluate down to the postfix notation above.
(sine (mtof (add (sine 6 0.15) 60)) 0.5)
If you understand how the underlying stack works, you can have logic that allows implicit arguments. I use "zz" for this:
(sine 6 0.15)
(add zz 60)
(sine zz 0.5)
Here it is in #monolith, wrapped up inside of a patchwerk node and runt word, with a simple example: https://git.sr.ht/~pbatch/monolith/tree/master/nodes/expmap
New algorithm in sndkit: expmap takes in a linear ramp and returns an exponential curve with adjustable slope. I have implemented a naive version that is stateless, as well as a cached version that tries shaves off a division operation and a call to "exp".
Keeping OSes automatically tethered to a centralized server is such a shortsighted thinking.
Like, have you tried turning on a computer after months of leaving it off. My Ubuntu surface completely seized up when I did that. Now it has Alpine Linux on it, and it does exactly what you'd expect when you turn it on.
Apparently a failing apple server was the reason why my MBP (and several other computers) were slow as balls. It also caused jackd to stop working.
Luckily I figured out turning off the internet could fix things.
Fuckity fuck fuck fuck I hate computers.
this article dives into the cultural origins of the original mac aesthetic in the memphis school, but frustratingly the patterns it shows from memphis are not *the* patterns.
I'm excited to be here - here's my #introduction:
☑️ Spends more money than time on #synthesisers and #music equipment
☑️ Wants to build #videogames but gets too distracted playing videogames
☑️ Reads a lot of #politics #history and #philosophy but retains nothing
☑️ Desire to save the world but too torn between #climatejustice, the #refugeecrisis, #sustainableliving and #economicrevolution to pick a direction
☑️ Rugadh in Éirinn, living in #Berlin
☑️ Loves breaking things, also likes making things
The great thing about being near-sighted is that the world outside your field of vision gets so much more interesting.
For example, I'm pretty sure the slightly moving fuzzy dot outside my window is some sort of trash bag caught in the wind, but it could just as easily be a drunk duck loitering around. Dunno. Can't see.
Yijing: Trigrams vs. hexagrams
In #Yijing the basic unit of symbolism is the dangua, or single gua composed of three horizontal lines. Each line is unbroken, symbolizing yang, or broken, symbolizing yin, giving us eight possible combinations. These are called "trigrams" in English for the three lines, and each symbolizes a natural feature. These are the eight trigrams:
These eight are paired up to form the zhonggua, or double gua, in 64 possible combinations. These are called hexagrams in English because they have six lines. Where the trigrams refer to features of the natural world and to emotions or dispositions, when combined into hexagrams they symbolize complex interpersonal and community dynamics. For instance when Kan (Water) is on top of Zhen (Thunder) they form the Tun (屯) gua of delegation and waiting.
While the basic unit of divination is the hexagram because a trigram on its own is static and doesn't say very much, the building blocks of meaning are the trigrams--and more fundamentally, the yin and yang. #IChing
Sound, music, computers, etc.
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