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Thrown for a Loop: A Carnival of Consciousness

I have been collaborating with my brother Mike on a new performance piece, which will be performed for the first time in September at Alex Miller’s Strange Loop conference in St. Louis. The piece is based on the work of Douglas Hofstadter, and is a romp through some of the concepts presented in his classic […]

am turing: automatic elegy

Our June 22nd performance and installation was a success, and audience reactions were very gratifying. I will edit video excerpts and post at some point, but in the meantime, besides posting a few photos of the event, I want to credit members of the cast and those who provided artistic input. Thank you all. This […]

sonification of Turing’s work

Alan Turing is among the handful of thinkers who formulated the concept of algorithmic computation. Every task that we perform with a computer begins with an algorithm, and yet this concept, which we now take for granted, was not yet formalized in the 1930s. This simple, yet immensely impactful, contribution is why I’ve chosen to […]

equal parts installation, performance, and ritual

[Post updated for those seeking event details.] The Turing installation will go live at 7PM on Friday, 22 June, 2012 and the short concert will begin around 8PM. There is a dedicated┬ápage on this blog where you can get many more details on the event. I am using that page to track collaboration progress and […]

a seattle concert and installation in honor of Alan Turing

On June 22, I will be curating and performing in an evening concert/installation in honor of the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing’s birth. His birthday is actually the next day, but if you adjust for time zones, we can sort of get away with it… The event will be held as part of the Wayward […]

a curriculum for mathmusic

The Park School in Baltimore has a math department that has developed its own excellent mathematics curriculum. (And shares it freely!) At its core, the curriculum is based on fourteen habits of mind, enumerated in the screenshot accompanying this post (which I snarfed from the Quantum Progress blog). What a wonderfully concise, and yet comprehensive, […]

quaternion actions: the Amazon comes to Burien

The Burien/Interim Arts Space is an installation space by and for the current DIY/guerrilla generation. As far as I can tell, Kathy Justin and Dane Johnson, the project’s artist-instigators, sidled up to the city of Burien (directly next door to SeaTac airport) and said “hey, if you’re not using that empty city block, do you […]

why I am jonesing for M4L

I’m excited about the ambient electronic constructions that I’m currently working on, which combine projective geometry with beautiful field recordings that my friend and collaborator Perri Lynch captured in the Amazon rain forest six weeks ago. A finite projective plane with 31 points and 31 lines provides structure for the virtual space that I am […]

constructing a square with circles

The picture to the right is a simple but beautiful Mascheroni construction which results in the points for the unit square. (You can see lines for 2 sides of this square in the drawing.) Melissa Plagemann and Linda Strandberg sang a live musical rendition of this construction at the Anathem launch in San Francisco. A […]

why cellular automata work for music

Several people have suggested that I post about cellular automata and music, since two of the pieces on the IOLET CD, Simple Automata and Sixteen-color Prime-generating Automaton, use one-dimensional cellular automata to provide their underlying structure. The subject has also been in the news with recent blog posts about using two dimensional automata for generative […]