Some musical inspiration 19/07/18

Iván Paz
Visions of Space

Iván Paz is another artist who makes extensive use of live coding, yet the Mexican composer’s unsettling Visions of Space from May is also inspired by techniques employed in AI research. The album’s droning yet often harsh electronic soundscapes were put together using musical algorithms whose parameters Paz varies sequentially through time, in much the same way that the parameters controlling an artificial intelligence are altered by the process of learning. Yes, this is all too abstract to express sufficiently in a single paragraph, but the unnerving, sinister power of the dystopian title track alone is enough to prove it’s an effective method.

From this Bandcamp article – Meet the Artists Using Coding, AI, and Machine Language to Make Music


MAKE WHAT YOU WANT: Macintosh [128K], Apple Computer Design Team, 1984

“…People used to make their own [computer] cases for them, often quite nice wooden cases…”

Starting to research ideas for the PG02 Cycle 2 ‘Behind the scenes’  project brief and came across this podcast as part of the Design Museum’s recent California: Designing Freedom exhibition.

Interesting to consider that Apple started as a very DIY, hobbyist enterprise. The current cost and effort needed now to upgrade or replace even the smallest element of Apple products, and their uniform look seems a far cry from this.