Blog

This is my blog. Sometimes in these posts I’ll talk about research or art projects I’m involved with, although I also blog about my research on the c/c/c blog. Sometimes I’ll just ramble about other stuff which is keeping me up at night. If you’re interested on blog posts only on a certain topic, there’s a tags index.

If anything here sparks your interest (or your ire!) then get in touch (twitter, email) or discuss on HN.

COMP1720 2019 major project exhibtion

If you’re around the ANU campus tomorrow (Saturday Nov 9) then come along to experience the COMP1720 Art & Interaction in New Media major project exhibition. This year’s theme is listening in/listening out.

LENS showcase S2 2019

Last weekend the S2 2019 LENS cohort (the ANU Laptop Ensemble) gave their final performances as part of the ANU School of Music’s composition showcase. Thanks to everyone who attended, and congrats again to the students who learned a bunch of computer music stuff & build/composed and performed a working piece in one crazy semester. And an especially big thanks to my LENS co-directors Charles and Alec.

Ben and COMP2300 next year

Students1 are starting to turn their gaze towards 2020, and so I’ve been getting a bunch of emails asking me if I’m teaching COMP2300/6300 Computer Organisation & Program Execution again in Semester 1 2020.

  1. well, the organised ones, anyway 

Making Altair/Vega-Lite charts readable without squinting

My love for the Grammar of Graphics runs deep, and in particular for Hadley Wickham’s famous ggplot2 which showed me the light back when I was a young PhD student. Seriously, once you have your head around how it works it gives you datavis superpowers. These days I often work in Python, and for datavis I’m enjoying Altair which is based around the same philosophy (and outputs to Vega-Lite for rendering in the browser).

Package managers: update or upgrade?

Quick quiz: for the following language/system package managers, what’s the name of the subcommand to update1 your project/system to the latest version of one (or more) of your project’s dependencies?

  1. or, y’know, upgrade 

Sound file I/O in Extempore with libsndfile

libsndfile is “a C library for reading and writing files containing sampled audio data”, and it’s pretty great. Here’s a quick crash-course on using Extempore’s libsndfile bindings to read, process and write audio data files.

IoT China Study Tour not happening in 2019

In the (Australian) Summer of ‘16/17, ‘17/18 and ‘18/19 I ran an Internet of Things China Study Tour at the Beijing Institute of Technology. They were good times.

Laptop Ensemble in the Canberra Times

The ANU Laptop Ensemble (LENS) is in the Canberra Times this morning: ANU School of Music’s new orchestra is far from conventional.

Xinyu's Extempore tutorials

These tutorials are part of Xinyu Hou’s research project to create a set of PRIMM-style tutorials for learning to make sound/music in Extempore.

I'm a Reimagine Fellow

If you’ve been following the CECS newsletter, you’ll know that the inaugural Reimagine Fellows have been announced, and I’m one of them 🙌🎉🥳. It’s very exciting, and it means the c/c/c studio is going to be a real thing in 2020 (and beyond). It’s also a relief to be able to tell people, since I’ve had to keep the good news under my hat for the last couple of months.