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Archaeopteryx: A Ruby MIDI Generator

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Giles Bowkett is an artist, musician, Ruby developer, acid freak, activist, Burner, entrepreneur and explorer. He is a prolific open source contributor and frequent technology conference speaker. He publishes one of the top Ruby blogs and created the first UI for web television start-up Hulu. Giles' latest adventure is Archaeopteryx, a revolutionary MIDI generator.

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RubyFringe is an avant-garde conference for developers that are excited about emerging Ruby projects and technologies. They're mounting a unique and eccentric gathering of the people and projects that are driving things forward in our community.

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Oct 01, 2008

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  • This was one of the best presentations I've ever saw!

    by Richard L. Burton III /

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    I demand to be liberated from being a god damn sock puppet!

  • right

    by Daniel Berger /

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    I couldn't get through it. I decided to take a drink every time Giles said, "right", and passed out, totally trashed, somewhere between the 100th and 110th time. The last thing I remember was a picture of Kate Beckinsale.

  • what is

    by Ali Motaz /

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    what is an "overnight anti-celebrity" ? and why?

  • Re: what is

    by Ali Motaz /

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    okay so I watched the presentation.
    The bio and summary where so repulsive, I had to see what's this guy about.



    And he is not as bad as his bio makes him seem. He does suggest few interesting points, like, VCs are not programmers heaven ... its still a desk job.



    I like how he want to encourage people to follow their passion.



    I didnt knew DJs can make up tp 25,000$ a day, wow this is huge.



    I also dislike, all the cliche glitter: ruby-power, the presentation style with all the pictures from flickr and the one word slides (eeek), textmate (double-eeek)! it makes him feel like the white-rapper-wannabe equivilant for programmers.

  • bayesian resampling matrix

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    Interesting concept for 'endless' rhythmic and intonation appropriate music, thought the random number generation for selecting sample sequences seems a bit crude, or maybe cold is a better description. My context is machine intelligent music- something that plays off itself or as an accompaniment. Try a sampling matrix that resamples ITSELF selectively (hence suggestion of bayesian sparse sampling) instead of (or as a 'weighting' to) the random number method used in the presentation version; it might make the Archaeopteryx sound more 'organic'. Might be even more interesting as an accompaniment 'instrument' by 'random number generating' by weighting the generator to a sparse sampling of another song, voice track, dynamic input, or whatever.

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