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looking for old stuff on old harddrives. a photo from an improv at January 2000 (if I can believe the file modification date). Young me ;)

Mellite has an option now to run "headless", which means it can be used, for example, to run rendering workspaces on a Pi via SSH login and no need to have an X11 session (graphical user interface).

Devising an algorithm to drop from a huge pool of automatically generated sounds those that have a pretty much static and non-modulated spectrum.

Arrived at one that takes relatively large time windows, calculates some dozen mel filter coefficients, for each calculates the ratio of 85 to 15 percentile across time, and thresholds at the mean and max of those ratio sets. Works pretty well so far.

2020 is online now ✨ !

You can browse all papers, artworks, panel discussions.

The 8th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X
8–10 July, G̶r̶a̶z̶ online

two things that don't mix well 

art and sarcasm

It's T minus 5 days till the opening of the 2020 G̶r̶a̶z̶ online edition ; today we recorded the last panel Q&A. Next week they will all go public, and there is an online party on Wednesday July 8, 6 pm CET. We'll post the link.

Fragment (2017)

"nur die fließende, stille Bewegung wird von der Macht unerkannt bleiben"

"only the fluent, quiet movement will remain undetected by power."

Just after eight, we encountered these strange patches on a house wall. After closer inspection, it turns out these are all spider webs, moist after the rain and thus reflecting in the sunset (it took me five minutes to get the camera, so the illumination was already less impressive than we saw it first; I'll try again tomorrow to shoot this).

For , we found 47 of these acrylic discs, only needing to be laser cut to serve as speaker walls. This was just such an amazing "lucky find" in the light lab of TU Graz, we only need to get one extra plate.

If you are not familiar with acoustics, one has to place speakers either inside an enclosure (the conventional "box"), or you create a large surface, the travelling distance from the back centre around the boundary back to the front determining the lowest producible frequency.

Announcing the upcoming exhibitions of - still lot's of work, but we're on track, going to be a busy summer/autumn 🐙

Status: freeing my laptop by moving some rendering over to a Raspi cluster 🤓

Q: since I launched the rendering on them by logging in through ssh – what happens if I unplug the Ethernet? I suppose ssh will just choke, but the processes keep running, until I reconnect the cable. Right?

Here's my attempt:

Not too bad I guess, although connection to the image source is far from obvious to make.

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Uh, this should be perfect reconstruction (2D -> 1D -> 2D hilbert curve encoding).

Any ideas of esoteric ways to translate particular types of images to sound? I tried all the usual suspects, from direct encoding to Fourier and Wavelet transforms, to 2D -> 1D singular value decomposition. Nothing seems to produce anything interesting from this…

I published 2.47.0. It contains the new Stream object which is a Pattern but with persistent state, and a number of improvements in Ex/Control programs and the passing of attributes when running objects. Also the new oscilloscope is integrated.

Would anyone be interested that I make a video on the new features and changes?

We're doing a short contribution to the next- project live broadcast today between 16:15 and 16:30 CET - program is already running now, so you can tune in

Frichot, thinkable 

"We are habituated to the assumption that we invent or 'have' thoughts that belong to us, that we can secure them with a signature, which then allows us the right to claim them as our intellectual property. The thinkable operates in quite another way. A thinkable, and this will no doubt sound counter-intuitive, is independent of either a given thinker or a fixed object of thought; instead, it circulates between both in the midst of an event, a taking place that takes more or less time. It is less the thought that I have than the thought that strikes me, coming from elsewhere, emerging in the midst of an encounter…"

It's Saturday because at this point in the week you are extremely saturated.

Gilles Châtelet, graphic reason (mathematics) 

"… some contemporary research … completely renews _the very notion of indexation_. No explicit intuition accompanies the ‘classical’ behaviour of calculations: in formulae of the type ∑ᵢ = , the set of indices is neutral and the indexation remains completely external to the development of these calculations, behaving like a ‘notation’ which is completely indifferent to that which it notes. These formulae remain captive to a linear successiveness, x₁ then x₂ then x₃ etc., an artificial sequence a little analogous to the chain of verbs _veni, vidi, vici_ where the temporal order of the processes of enunciation … replicate exactly the order of the processes of the statement … The contemporary point of view makes the notation _concrete_ by identifying it with a diagram already used in an _a priori_ foreign domain … This domain thus 'evokes’ gestures which are classical for it, but completely new in the domain when it is imported as ‘notation’ … This upsets the very notion of indexation which becomes _bi-dimensional_ in freeing itself from the successive: it is very much a victory of the hand that comments on itself, the indexation no longer being delivered by an external ‘set’, but by a process of deformation and modification of diagrams."

Glissant, right to opacity (1990) 

"For centuries 'generalization,' as operated by the West, brought different community tempos into an equivalency in which it attempted to give a hierarchical order to the times they flowered. Now that the panorama has been determined and equidistances described, is it not, perhaps, time to return to a no less necessary 'degeneralization'? Not to a replenished outrageous excess of specificities but to a total (dreamed-of) freedom of the connections among them, cleared out of the very chaos of their confrontations."

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