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.

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.

Making the most of meetings with research students

Some questions to structure the regular one-on-one research meetings—modify as necesssary.

Livecoding gig this Friday 5:30pm @ ANU Drill Hall Gallery

For those who visit my blog to hear my livecoding gigs, there’s one this Friday. If you wanna see me perform with Charles Martin (on percussion & electronics) and Kieran Browne on livecoded visuals (live GLSL shader hacking). We’re playing 5:30pm–7:30pm @ Drill Hall Gallery as part of the Ildiko Kovacs: The DNA of colour exhibition.

Livecoding article on the ABC

In case you missed it, I was interviewed for an article on the ABC News website which came out last weekend entitled The Australians making music with computer code. A nice look at some of the players in the Australian livecoding scene.