Video for Across (to 59th 2 a.m.)

Across (to 59th, 2 a.m.) from James Britt on Vimeo.

Instrumental track from the upcoming album Maximum R&D.

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Across (to 59th, 2am)

New track. Across (to 59th, 2 a.m.)

Back when I spent a good deal of time in downtown Manhattan. Often I would end up someplace over on the east side, somewhere around one or two in the morning.

There were few good options to get over to the west side where I would catch the uptown A to get me back up to Washington Heights.

Cab, or walk, and (lacking funds) often I would do the latter.

This is the soundtrack for those treks.

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Kinect with Processing to send OSC and MIDI

What seems like 100 years ago I set out to write a smallish book about Kinect hacking for artists.

As happens with many technical books (even those attempting to keep for getting terrible technical) there are times when to talk about one thing you need to first talk about another thing. The another thing was Open Sound Control. It ended up being spun off into Just the Best Parts: Open Sound Control for Artists.

Completing that felt great. But for whatever reason my enthusiasm for Kinect hacking had drifted. I had been working some sample programs that seemed like terrific ideas. I tried out small Processing sketches to see how this or that thing worked. When I put a few things together, though, it didn’t work as I hoped. Too slow. And with that frustration I turned my attention to other things.

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New Renoise tools

Two new tools are up on the Neurogami/renoise-ng Github repo.

One is New from template, which allows you to set up a number of songs to be used as new-song templates.

The other is Randy note columns, a tool for configuring controlled randomness among multiple note columns in a track.

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Fork of osc-ruby to add support for Boolean

Just a short note to say that the osc-ruby Ruby gem ha sbeen forked to add support for Boolean T and F.

Github repo is Neurogami/osc-ruby-ng

More info on the Neurogami site.

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OSC Jumper for Renoise released

A new tool for Renoise, OSC Jumper, has been released.

You can read the details on the Neurogmai site.

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Video for the Neurogami track "Morgen"

Here’s a video for the track Neurogami track Morgen

Morgen from Neurogami on Vimeo.

It was done using Processing triggered by MIDI from Renoise, and then multi-layered in Screenflow, with a few graphics overlayed.

The computational overhead led to assorted glitches. Rather than try to remove them, I embraced them.

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Wiivisiting old software

Back around 2007 or 2008 I started hacking around with Wii controllers (AKA “wiimotes”). People like Johnny Lee were doing some cool stuff by repurposing the controllers.

I even gave a talk about this at the 2009 Mountain West Ruby Conference as well as at Ignite Phoenix IV.

I’ve continued to experiment with game controllers and music generation, but at some point the Wii sort faded into the distance. It occurred to me that I know a fair bit more now than I did then and decided to dig up the old code and give it a whirl.

I had about six or eight local repos of stuff, some for music, some for demos of one kind or another. None of them still ran.

Changes to Ruby, JRuby, and Java broke things in subtle ways. I had updated my JRuby install because I didn’t see much point in having working code that depended on an already outdated JRuby. Likewise for Java. Use the latest, and get stuff working.

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Sharing Lua script files among Renoise tools

Recent articles showed how to use to Renoise Lua scripting to alter a track’s send device. One was driven by OSC, the other by MIDI.

In both of them the code that did the actual send device manipulation was the same. But since these were two different scripts the same code appeared in both places.

Sharing code using copy-and-paste is not the world’s worst programming sin, however much it might make some developers cringe. If you are throwing together a one-off script for a short-lived need, go for it.

In many cases, though, having the same code in multiple places is a poor idea because it breaks one of the golden rules of software development: Be lazy. (Read up on the three great virtues of a programmer.)

Copy-and-paste sure seems like the laziest thing to do at first, but if the code has any amount of complexity or importance there’s a really good chance that sooner or later you will want to change it. Maybe to fix a bug, maybe to make it faster, maybe to add a feature.

With the same code in multiple places you need to keep track of all those places and edit the code in all those places. Oh, bother.

Can Renoise Lua code be shared? Can you create a file that can be loaded and used by multiple scripts?

Indeed you can.

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