Alex McLean

Making music with text

Sensation, perception and computation

by Alex on March 31, 2009

There’s often seen to be a fight between symbolic AI and  artificial neural networks (ANNs).  The difference is between either modeling either within the grammar of a language, or through training of a network of connections between cells.  Both approaches have pros and cons, and you generally pick the approach that you think will serve […]

Mary Hallock-Greenewalt

by Alex on March 24, 2009

“Broadly, it is my desire to express emotions by means of timed variations of light and color in a manner analogous to that employed in the art of music. Such expression may either be for its own sake, or … as an accompaniment.” In 1906, about 40 years after the invention of the commercial light […]

How we program

by Alex on March 14, 2009

I’ve always wondered how we do programming. Code can be so clean and straight-faced, but when you step back and try to think about how you write it, a darkness descends. It’s tempting to think that your brain is working like a computer program, transforming a symbolic problem into a textual answer as sourcecode. But […]

Happy old year

by Alex on March 13, 2009

Hope your year has been good so far. I haven’t posted in a while, so here’s a quick update. Got a nice gig coming up at strp festival in Eindhoven with Dave on the 10th April. If you want evidence of me being alive then you can follow my twitter feed or my citeulike reading. […]