May 6, 2015
Don't Beep When You Can Feep
I’ve been interested in sound and audio for a long time now. Probably from the time I heard my first beep or click from a child’s toy (can’t be sure), my mind got hooked on these air fluctuations and how to make more of them. Once I got into playing guitar and messing around on computers and patterned air movements (i.e. music), this became a fully-realized obsession. Even with all of the complexity inherent in my musical endeavors, the simple things still feel good, and if I can make a simple Ruby gem that can beep at you, then by Thor’s hammer I will!
Feb 3, 2015
Audio Manipulation with NAudio on Windows
Jan 22, 2015
While working on a tool in Ruby to make sampler tracks out of several album components, I realized I did not yet know enough about how to manipulate audio to do what I wanted. I needed to approach it from a different vantage point, and a different language altogether. So, I decided to see what the state of audio on the web was, having not done much beyond hosting and downloading MP3s years ago.
Spoiler: it’s pretty frickin’ cool now, guys.
Jan 7, 2015
Some Fun New Web Projects to Kick Off 2015
Nov 23, 2014
Sending Gmail from OS X Yosemite Terminal
I’ve messed around with my own personal file host system for years, so that I could share stuff with others over the Internet. Initially, it was just a lazy (FTP to host) + (email link to friend) system. However, the uber way to handle something like this is to write a slick terminal script one-liner. My OS of choice is OS X and I updated to Yosemite recently, so I decided to figure out how to do it and I’m thinking someone out there may find this information useful for any script that needs email capability.
Jul 8, 2014
Commanding the Line
$ echo 'Hello World!'
Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) are a great thing and they make computing a lot easier. I’ve been fiddling with audio programming a bit lately (mainly loading/modifying/saving WAV files), and while getting your hands dirty allows for more flexibility and automation, I still love Audacity and Logic for their accessibility. That being said, the command line is still often more powerful, but it comes with a higher learning curve.
That, and it still feels like magic most days.
Jun 26, 2014
Playing with Ruby Audio
I’ve got a bunch of albums on Bandcamp. They’re generally anywhere from 20-50 minutes long. Sometimes, you just want to test out something and not try to take in the whole enchilada in one sitting, so I decided a while ago to start making “samplers” that are ~2 minutes long and provide a kind of appetizer mashup option. This is kind of tedious, so what else but code could come to the rescue!
Jun 19, 2014
Adventures in Spritekit
For some reason, I’ve really wanted to make a game lately. I play them so often that it’s natural that I’d eventually want to make one. My recent renaissance in personal development is helpful in accomplishing this goal. But where to start?
Jun 16, 2014
Excluding Pages from Top Navigation in Jekyll
While dynamic creation of collections of variables is often a very helpful thing, sometimes it treats all its members the same, even though they are not. Jekyll, the tech that creates this very site, is a bit non-picky about what it puts in its site-wide navigation, but it can be taught.
Jun 15, 2014
My Favorite Mac Apps
As promised a few days ago, I come back to you with my list of favorite apps and utilities, only on the Apple side of things.