Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category

Construction and programming

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

It’s been a busy couple of months! Now that the weather has started getting warmer as Summer approaches, the studio construction project at the bottom of the garden has commenced with gusto. Progress has been good – and I’ll be putting up some photos later today to document some of the recent activity.

Alongside this I’ve been working feverishly on my virtual machine programming project, and this too is really coming along in leaps and bounds. The instruction set has grown significantly and there is now a working assembler in which applications can be created and assembled into object code that is subsequently deployed on the virtual machine.

Writing an assembler is a little more complex than a simple translation of instructions into opcodes. The implementation has involved support for labels and variables, including variables that are defined as strings. A number of addressing modes are supported, and the assembler is a single-pass implementation which means that it can assemble source code that is streamed to it over standard input.


More posts on both of these projects coming shortly 🙂

And there’s more…

Monday, February 9th, 2015

This makes me happy 🙂

This is awesome

Monday, February 9th, 2015

This is amazing work for many reasons. The 3D scene is being rendered in ASCII art (that’s a picture made up of characters you can type) by a program in realtime. Simply stunning. I like the chip-tune too 🙂

“Science vs Music”

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Well, it’s not really Science versus Music but a very cool project involving the visualisation of music using physical phenomena.

From “Space Debris” to Poets Of The Fall

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Many years ago, I used to repeatedly play a tracker song called Space Debris, purely because it was brilliant. It was a piece of music created on a 16-bit computer by a young man who went by the moniker ‘Captain’. His real name was (and is) Markus Kaarlonen. Here is the original composition in all its 16-bit glory:

It’s hard, if not impossible to describe to anybody “who wasn’t there” what an accomplishment it was to create such tunes on the old micros. The software was powerful, for its time, but not user-friendly and required a LOT of effort to produce anything half decent. I was suitably impressed.

Anyway, a couple of years back I had cause, for whatever reason, to remember this great piece of music and I found the youtube videos linked to here. In addition I was curious as to what Markus had been up to since (given that Space Debris was created about 23 years ago at the time of writing.) It turned out he was still doing music and is in a Finnish band, Poets Of The Fall, who are now right up there in my favourite bands of all time. Here’s one of their little ditties:

and also the ‘official’ video for what is probably their most well known song, Carnival Of Rust:

I can’t convey how much I was delighted to find out that a) he was still doing music, and b) how he’d continued his cool streak and was now involved in producing such great material. Incidentally, the piece was re-imagined on ‘proper’ synthesizers by an ardent fan who did a pretty fine job of it. Here is that cover version:

Great stuff 🙂

“Time Trap”

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Short sci-fi film – a very creative use of time as a plot mechanism, by Michael Shanks.

Great creative skills

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Metal, wood and leather in the hands of an expert. I particularly like the way he uses the knife to make it’s own sheath. The result is absolutely beautiful.