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
Hello, I started a new band called Exit Mice! It’s always
exciting to start a new musical project, and this one is no exception. We just
released our debut EP (which you can listen to below) and we’ll be playing our
first show this Thursday, July 5, at The Pour
House in Raleigh. If you’re in the...
I’ve been thinking a lot about task management lately. I’ve actually been
thinking about it for years. I’ve always been searching for the optimal way to
sort through the bajillion things I have to do and remain productive.
This all started when, as a programmer, I realized that I had the ...
In my last blog post, I talked
about an important evolution in the implementation of alda.lisp, a
sort of DSL or “mini-language” that represents a musical score and
compiles down to data that can be interpreted and performed by Alda’s sound
In this post, I’ll discuss another way i...
A more FP-friendly Alda
Just recently, I rewrote a big chunk of the Alda codebase; the result is something I’m a lot happier with, as a Clojure programmer. Clojure is a language that encourages programming in a functional style, minimizing the need to keep track of the state of variables and re...
I gave this talk about Alda a few months ago as part of Clojure Remote, the world’s first remote-only Clojure conference.
This talk serves as a quick introduction to music programming languages and the philosophy that led me to create Alda. I talk a little bit about what Alda is and a few of th...
I tried this once before and it was pretty fun. I continue to find and use awesome things (the internet has many of them), so here are a few more things I’ve been enjoying lately.
I think keeping a personal wiki is a great way to organize your life. It’s like the digital equivale...
I haven’t been diligent about posting stuff about No Love, the band I play drums in. So here’s a handful of videos I found on YouTube – enjoy!
6/20/15: Rock 'n Roll Party Fest I
9/2015: Hopscotch 2015
4/1/16: Full set at a house in Raleigh
For those of you in the Triangle area, we h...
Three months ago, I wrote a blog post introducing the music programming language Alda and walking through the basics of using it to write a musical score.
To my amazement and delight, my blog post went mildly viral on Reddit and Hacker News, bringing about a spike in activity on GitHub. I’m tha...