Wednesday, January 28, 2009

On order from Amazon

Follow up on the Scientific American article referenced in this review of a not-so-good-looking, new-agey book, The Cosmic Octave: Origin of Harmony, Planets, Tones, Colors, the Power of Inherent Vibrations (Paperback)

8 of 23 people found the following review helpful:
1.0 out of 5 stars Is the Universe in 'tune'?, July 8, 2006
By Steve S. Jones (Wisconsin, USA) - See all my reviews
People have been trying for years to prove that the founding cause of the Universe is natural occuring harmonies. These theories are usually the occult disguising itself as science. If these theories are correct there needs to be a 'fundamental' frequency (a demiurge style 'god of harmony') to begin the resonance. No such thing exists - see Scientific American, August 2005 'Is the Universe Out of a Tune?'

Books I am ordering:

1) Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists

2) Visualizing Data: Exploring and Explaining Data with the Processing Environment [ILLUSTRATED] (Paperback)Visualizing Data: Exploring and Explaining Data with the Processing Environment [ILLUSTRATED] (Paperback)

3) The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd edition (Hardcover)

4) A little Book of Coincidence

5) The Golden Section: Nature's Greatest Secret (Wooden Books) (Hardcover)

6) Sacred Geometry (Wooden Books) (Hardcover)

7) Platonic & Archimedean Solids (Wooden Books) (Hardcover)

8) Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music (Wooden Books) (Hardcover)

9) The Pythagorean Sourcebook and Library: An Anthology of Ancient Writings Which Relate to Pythagoras and Pythagorean Philosophy (Paperback)

10) The Manual of Harmonics of Nicomachus the Pythagorean (Paperback)

11) The Harmony of the Spheres: The Pythagorean Tradition in Music (Hardcover)

Max today

Today's agenda was filled purely with MaxMSP tutorials.

Promising microtuner object for Max by Victor Cerullo. now to understand how to use it.

Looking into recent release of max for live, which integrates Max and Ableton Live. From Ableton's website:

David Merrill gave me a dry run of his TED talk on his Siftables. We talked through a few ideas to make it even more polished and awesome.

Monday, January 26, 2009

ISMIR - Music Information Retrieval

International Society on Music Information Retrieval

General Chairs:

* Dan Ellis, Columbia University, USA -- MIT MEDIA LAB ALUM - Barry Vercoe
* Youngmoo Kim, Drexel University, USA -- ""

Program Chairs:

* Juan Pablo Bello, New York University, USA
* Elaine Chew, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study / University of Southern California, USA --- Anna's previous advisor - Spiral representation of music

Publications Chair:

* Doug Turnbull, Swarthmore College, USA

Tutorials Chair:

* Michael Mandel, Columbia University, USA

Demos & Exhibits Chair:

* Arpi Mardirossian, University of Southern California, USA

Sponsorship Chair:

* Jeremy Pickens, FX Palo Alto Laboratory, USA

Program Committee:

* Christina Anagnostopoulou, University of Athens, Greece
* Sally Jo Cunningham, University of Waikato, New Zealand
* Roger Dannenberg, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
* Simon Dixon, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
* Stephen Downie, University of Illinois, USA
* Michael Fingerhut, Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, France
* Ichiro Fujinaga, McGill University, Canada
* Masataka Goto, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
* Katayose Haruhiro, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
* Aline Honingh, City University, London, UK
* Özgür İzmirli, Connecticut College, USA
* Anssi Klapuri, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
* Paul Lamere, Sun Microsystems, USA
* Kjell Lemström, University of Helsinki, Finland
* Emilia Gómez, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
* Connie Mayer, University of Maryland, USA
* François Pachet, Sony Research Labs, France
* Christopher Raphael, University of Indiana, Bloomington, USA
* Gaël Richards, École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, France
* Malcolm Slaney, Yahoo! Research, USA
* George Tzanetakis, University of Victoria, Canada
* Anja Volk, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
* Gerhard Widmer, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria

Notes from statistics and visualization course

Statistics and Visualization for Data Analysis and Inference


1. Visualization - howcan i see what my data show?
2. Resampling - how do i estimate the uncertainty of my meausres?
3. Distributions - how do i summarize what i believe about the world?
4. The Linear Model - how can i create a simple model of my data?
5. Bayesian Modeling - how can i describe the processes that generated my data?

Principles of Visualization

Worked Example

look into many eyes (IBM) - interactive visualization


Intro to Processing course yesterday.

Convo with Seth about how to structure data sonification computations and information exchange using OSC (open sound control).

Some goals for this week:
1 understand proMidi and how libraries work in Processing. Get a midi controller working with processing.

2 begin exploring ChucK and Max. Build some basic programs in both ChucK and Max.

3 take a one-week IAP course on Statistics and Visualization for Data Analysis and Inference. (1-4pm today through Friday)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

New blog for new ideas

This will be my place to make notes to myself (and anyone else who is interested) as I make progress during my year at the MIT Media Lab on my projects to advance the emerging field of data sonification.


I took a short course in Processing today. I wrote my first program. It animates a little guy sliding down a snowy hill. wheeeee.