Making Things

I’m a Computer Scientist by training and profession, but in my spare time I like playing music and writing poetry.  So, when making digital things, a fair bit of both music and poetry tend to feature.   Here’s a quick overview of a few recent projects. Sheep Dreams In this project a cuddly sheep is connected … Continue reading Making Things

Sonic Pi goes bananas

Being a big fan of both Sonic Pi, a live-coding music program, MaKey MaKey, a gadget that makes bananas and other unlikely objects musical, I decided to have a go at running together some code that would let me use them together. This solution is based on Pygame Zero, a wrapper program for Pygame written by Daniel Pope.  … Continue reading Sonic Pi goes bananas

Bending Light

I was trying some experiments with cardboard filters on my Holga recently.  They didn’t come out quite the way I was hoping (too much diffraction I think) but I quite liked these ones. “Suspicion on White Street” – a rectangular alien lands in the West End.             “Impossible Pier” – … Continue reading Bending Light

Two towers

I’ve always been really attached to the tower of the University of Glasgow’s iconic Gilbert Scott building, despite spending most of my time there in the much less picturesque surroundings of the Boyd Orr. These are double-exposures taken using my favourite app: Hipstamatic, which lets you turn your expensive phone into a £20 plastic camera … Continue reading Two towers

Eine Kleine Science-Musik

Raise the roof at the live music coding workshop this Friday at #GSCLates @alcluith @Sonic_Pi 🤓 — GlasgowScienceCentre (@gsc1) May 3, 2017 I recently ran some music live-coding workshops for Glasgow Science Centre at one of their new Science Lates events.  These evening sessions are adults-only and include a huge range of entertaining, … Continue reading Eine Kleine Science-Musik