Alex McLean

Making music with text

hackpact week 4

by Alex on September 24, 2009

Ok the third fourth week of hackpact actually started yesterday, but I didn’t think my contribution then warranted a new entry. hackpact23 Bit of an error with the screencast, see if you can spot the problem. Pretty happy with the sound though. (will take a while to appear due to vimeo’s encoding queue) I’m musically […]

Hackpact week 3

by Alex on September 16, 2009

It’s the third week of the hackpact. A few have fallen by the wayside, others are doing impressively well. Adam is doing great learning supercollider, Sam is cracking away on a diverse range of ideas, Joe has put a lot of himself into his involved hacks, poetry with a smell of solder, Gabor pushing fluxus […]

Hackpact documentation (week 2)

by Alex on September 8, 2009

Following on from week 1 of my hackpact hacks, here’s hackpact8 I had this feeling that a nice visualisation of polyrhythmic structure would be to plot patterns in a spiral. I finally got it to work, and here’s the first few results, rendered with cairo in Haskell: {red blue orange purple, yellow brown pink} [red […]

Hackpact documentation (week 1)

by Alex on September 2, 2009

I started my hackpact month last night with this screencast, playing around with time offsets and functors.  I think the audio gets *slightly* ahead of the video, probably due to some jack-audio drops.  If for some reason you want a better quality version you can look at the source mpeg-4 file on I was […]


by Alex on August 30, 2009

In the tradition of daily live coding practice a few people have formed a hack pact to make something new every day in September.  I’ve got a London Haskell User Group talk coming up on September 17th and a livecoding gig at the planetarium in Plymouth on 21st September, so my daily hack will be focussed […]