A super busy week that resulted in… not much to show for. Not in this blog, anyway. I’ve been working all-day-all-night to wrap up all the necessary prep for my musical project Qualia’s performance at XFest NW this weekend. This meant everything from essentially teaching myself the finer points of Ableton Live to learning how to build a freakin’ two-tier stand. The former proved less challenging.
For reasons beyond my control, this week I got swamped by music-project-related chores; among other things, this included putting out an EP, hiring a PR company, and lots and LOTS of design. Not so much a necessary evil as a great kick in the butt that prompted me to *put more art-things out there*, the purpose for which this Tumblr was created (and as high of a calling as I can imagine in this world – not being a doctor, etc.)
I love books.
I love to read, too, but that’s not the same thing. My love for reading doesn’t explain why the Kindle never grew on me, doesn’t explain the comfort I find in musky old bookstores. My love for books does. As far as fetishes go, book loving is a pretty tame one, and I’m not particularly ashamed of it.
The futurelearn Creative Coding extravaganza continues – so this week featured a heavy focus on Processing. I dove into 3d graphics (a little before we were supposed to) and had lots of fun – and frustration – with various aspects of 3d design in processing. Observations:
This week marks my first serious excursion into Processing. I’ve been tinkering with it for about two years but the creative coding course I mentioned in a previous post is a great opportunity to take my Processing chops to the next level.
For this week, I took a break from the Udacity NanoDegree and built a small lighthouse island in Unity. This is the world I made (spoiler alert follows, I guess, if you’d rather explore it yourself):
You’re on an Island. On the island are a lighthouse and a piano. You can activate the lighthouse if you wish.
The day/night cycle of the island matches the real world (Seattle time, because.)
If you visit the island at night, the piano plays you a nocturne. Anytime between 9pm and 6am should work.
Week 5 has been emphatically and purposefully craft-oriented and un-artistic, although I still made things, and am still publishing them. I’m making some good headway in Udacity’s FEND and am learning new tricks and useful information about things I *thought* I’d known. It’s a really great foundation, and even though there’s some frustration in the fact it’s my third or fourth serious intro to many fundamental subjects, it’s taught so well I hardly mind it.
This week I worked on a basic implementation of webAudio with Three.js visualization to boot.
I called it affected.
The first project is something I’ve been meaning to make for a while.
It features some of my favorite elements of building with 1s and 0s, namely: 3d graphics and realtime data scraping/processing.
I am thirty years and six days old.
I have much, and I produce very little.
I am cocooned in the conceits of comfortable living;
Always aspiring, rarely attaining.
Always dreaming, rarely realizing.
Always planning, rarely seeing through.
This needs to change.