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November 30, 2014
http://www.bonoboblogs.org/imported/not-too-deterministic-drum-sequencer/

Not too deterministic drum sequencer

A small idea I had this weekend. This study shows that the work of getting my head into algorithmic music and deeper into PureData slowly pays off.

November 11, 2014
http://www.bonoboblogs.org/imported/live-visuals-impression-at-kunstwerk-koln/

Live-Visuals impression at KunstWerk Köln.

A short impression of the installation / live visuals I did last weekend (8. November 2014).


http://www.bonoboblogs.org/imported/weeknotes-october-2014/

Weeknotes October 2014

Live-Coding, new tools, visuals, music. Another super-active and rewarding month full of tinkering and joy.

Railscamp
There were lots of smaller things going on in October. For example the Railscamp, an event from Rubyists for Rubyists, where I learned about drawing, Arduino and MIDI, skating and other cool stuff, you would not expect from a developer-conference.

Astropeiler
At Dingfabrik we had another Repair Cafe and made an one-day travel to an old radio-telescope, that is still active, the so called Astropeiler. I wrote a review in the Dingfabrik-Blog.

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Sonic Pi
The live-coding environment Sonic Pi was released in this month. What an awesome tool for live-coding music. This is the very first tune I made with Sonic Pi:

Next I made a videocast explaining how to sync threads in Sonic Pi.

Drehbar
The people at Digitac e.V. in Aachen organized another “Drehbar”. This is where handselected people meet to live-improvise music in front of an audience. The session was really good and we recoded it as well. Besides the recording, we had a good debate about playing electronic music live and skills mature as well. Expect more in the future!

Makers-meetup for Kids
At Dingfabrik we had a meetup of makers and pedagogues. We had lots of great talks and project-pitches about, how to get kinds and young grown-ups into the “making of things”, like you do in a FabLab or a Makerspace. It was an awesome day with highly motivated people. The project will continue also in 2015 and we hope to make the first workshops with kids real soon.

Make the game
I became a “technical assistant” at the project “Make the Game“. It’s a media-art project for kids, where they really make a game, involving storytelling, programming and performance.

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http://www.bonoboblogs.org/imported/how-to-live-code-music-with-sonic-pi-with-synced-threads/

How to live-code music with Sonic Pi with synced threads

I got often asked, if you can code music on the fly without stopping the output. The short answer ist: yes. Use use threads to sync single channels and defines to dynamically overwrite single sound-commands.

In fact, you’ll need a little code-overhead, but once you mastered this technique, live improvisation of live-coded music is possible. I made this video-screencast, that shows how to do it! Feel free to share.

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