Day 378 @ ITP: The Temporary Expert

Solar Energy Field Guide: First Draft Of Entries


I am trying to lay out the idea of solar energy as the superior renewable energy source that we have available to us, and the urgency to start shifting towards it in the building of both commercial electricity grids and off-the-grid residential architecture. This is made slightly difficult because in fact it is not the cleanest renewable source of energy in terms of emissions created during production (hydroelectric is technically the cleanest after nuclear, which has obvious other more serious downfalls). However I am arguing that the other forms of renewable energy also have greater deleterious effects in other ways. Further research could show how solar could potentially be cleaner with future technology, but I haven’t gotten there yet and this would potentially be purely speculative. I will research further how solar energy can be stored in case of outage, and how these “batteries” (ripe for visual analogy here, though it is also literally a battery) would be used in the electricity grid as backup.

In these first 7 entries I only got so far, and am using the infographics from our reading as placeholders to play with. I will need some help/guidance/to think further on the best angle to focus on in a zine or field guide that I am intending to be ingested quickly and with ultimate impact with large statements followed by supporting details with a message based on the truth, and a minimum of embellishment to support my argument. After creating these I also feel that the ordering needs work to support and not confuse the overall message.

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Day 377 @ ITP: The Code of Music

Assignment #2: Audio-Visual Instrument


For this assignment I decided to start with a simple musical “stamping” tool that would change colors and notes with mousePressed. I had the initial thought to make music with particle systems that you could “paint” with or stamp across the screen. I initially had some difficulty getting the first particle system I chose to work with to change colors with keyPressed, instead it would change the colors of all the particle systems that had already been placed. Eventually I found another code that lo and behold worked when I pieced together with the rest of my sketch…still getting the hang of how particle systems work. Below is a visual timeline of my process or code “sketches” for the final sketch:

Video demo of the final version:

Here is the link again to the sketch, where you can also view the code.


I got pretty much where I was trying to go with this except the sound interaction isn’t quite where I would like to be. I think the overall palette could still be improved and I would like to work on it more in another iteration, possibly using other effects in tone.js in particular to make the single tones repeat or pitch up/down in different ways instead of rerecording new samples.

I also encountered an issue where sometimes I would hear a glitch in the audio especially while playing different sounds at once and am wondering how and if I could prevent that.

I think however this was fun to work on and could be a good jumping off point for other projects. I really enjoyed the examples we played with in class ( and floradrift), where you can play an instrument and make parts turn on and off and light up different colors, and I would like to try something in that style as well, or possibly a combination of tools with a selection menu to choose your tool (See: KidPix.). Triggering different shapes and audio-reactive visual responses from the shapes would also be nice to experiment with.

DAY 371 @ ITP: The Temporary Expert

SOLAR ENERGY MAPPING SYTEM (Click on images to view larger)

Day 368 @ ITP: The Code of Music

Assignment #1:
Pick a piece of music to share with the class during introductions on Monday. It can be anything you want: a song you heard in a cab last week, an experimental piece you recorded in college, a sample of the music you grew up with, a piece from your favorite composer/performer. It can be something you find intriguing, inspiring, annoying, whatever else.

Please listen from 8:30 to ~9 minutes :) Here is a link to start at this point: