This is the third installment in a series where I guide you through learning how
to write music using Alda. So far, we’ve covered:
#1: Setup and first notes
#2: Rhythm and meter
White keys and black keys
So far in this series, we’ve been working with 7 notes:
C D E F G A B C
On a piano...
This is the second installment in a series where I guide you through learning
how to write music using Alda. So far, we’ve covered:
#1: Setup and first notes
Now that we know how to make different notes, we can start to play around with
making the notes longer or shorter.
Every now and then, somebody tells me that they just installed Alda and
they’re enjoying it, but that they aren’t quite sure where to start when it
comes to writing a piece of music. The trouble is that Alda is significantly
more useful to those of us who already have some knowledge of songwriti...
I attended Strange Loop for the third time last weekend, and the
experience was as awesome as ever. This year, I had the honor of giving a talk,
and I think it went over well! I talked about the history of the architectural
design of Alda, and how the relationship between Alda and ...
Polishing my Strange Loop talk
With Strange Loop drawing closer, I’ve been spending most of my
free time tweaking and practicing my talk about the dynamic
relationship between Alda and Clojure.
As I tend to do, I planned way too much material and so I ending up having to
trim down the sections...
alda-clj lightning demo
As I mentioned in my last blog post, I had the pleasure of
attending the Heart of Clojure conference in Belgium this
month. Somebody suggested that I give a 5-minute lightning talk about
Alda, so I signed up at the last minute and (after some hasty
preparation) gave a qu...
Here’s some stuff I’ve been spending time on lately:
The UK-based Clojure consulting company JUXT recently released Crux, an
open source, bitemporal, document-oriented database. I thought it was
interesting when I heard about it, but I haven’t had a good opportunity to try
I’ve been meaning to update this blog more often for a long time now. The
problem I have is that I have a lot of interesting things that I could write
about, but I feel like it would take so much effort to produce a blog post worth
reading, I just never have the time to do it. As a result, I’ve ...
In January 2019, I collaborated with my wife, choreographer Renay
Aumiller, to create a modern dance piece called Out
of the Blue. I wrote a program that prompted the audience to contribute a list
of body parts and dance qualities, and then fed that creative input into an
algorithm to randomly g...
A couple months ago, I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak about
Alda at the Compose::Melbourne conference in Australia!
Compose is a conference all about functional programming as it pertains to
professionals, academics and hobbyists alike. The conference was great and I had