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A music visualizer with p5.js

Source code: https://github.com/balazsdavid987/dineen-freeze
Demo (live): https://balazsdavid987.github.io/dineen-freeze/
Demo (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DQdRuJlgDE

While browsing my Instagram feed, I have come upon an artist named Kyle Dineen who makes abstract sculptures inspired by music.

I wanted to make a music visualizer for a long time and his work seemed perfect. I wrote him a message for his permission to use his work and then decided to go with a piece called “Freeze”:

First, I have traced the shape (a polygon with 21 sides) and tried to identify its main components.

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Abstract: The Art of Design

Check this trailer:

This is one of the best documentary series I have ever seen. It is about a world that was (or still is) unknown to me: “design” as a profession. Of course, I was aware of “design” as an activity before watching, but not the depth and sophistication that goes into it.

The show explains why design is not just “applied art” but how it defines the way we feel about and interact with the world. It taught me not to think of product vs. experience: the product itself is the experience, the product creates its own world. Moreover, design is actually problem solving: good design is not only beauty but it solves problems, and bad design is not just a lack of beauty but it also creates problems.

Eight episode presents the life of eight very different personality. None of them seems to be driven by their ego but by their passion for their craft. They have an impact because their message is broader than themselves: they don’t want “my design” but “good design”.

Below are some of the words and ideas from the series that I found particularly interesting.

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365 Days of EDM on YouTube

Introduction

While some say that electronic dance music is just a fad, it is undoubtedly one of the most popular music genres today.

Though I am kind of an older armchair EDM fan and not the young party animal, I was curious to see how the genre evolves over time and started brainstorming about a potential analysis, and so more than a year ago I’ve set up a small piece of software that started collecting data.

At the beginning I have asked fairly simple questions like “Which are the most popular songs?” and “How did they become popular: instantly or gradually?”, but as I was getting the answers, more and more questions have arisen and many unexpected patterns have been discovered.

In the following I present the results of my analysis and I hope you too will find some interesting bits and pieces about the worldwide EDM community.

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TV Show: The Science of Stupid

I rarely watch TV, but caught the trailer of a show and decided to binge watch all 14 episodes of it (each is about 20 minutes long). It showcases accidents and provides short, but insightful scientific explanations on why did they happen.

The Hungarian title is “Pedig jó ötletnek tűnt…”, which translates to “But it seemed to be a good idea…”. In Germany, it was aired with a title “Wissenschaft der Missgeschicke” which is “Science of the Unlucky”. I like both of these titles more than the original, because the word “stupid” is quite derogatory for people suffering accidents while trying to push the limits of human achievement or simply having fun.

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