Mar 142012

In “Code That Sounds Good: Music Theory and Algorithmic Composition”, Nicolle “rogueclown” Neulist will discuss the role technology can play in generating traditional and non-traditional musical compositions, as well as some theory along the way!

Who do you feel would benefit most from your presentation?
If you are interested in programming and in music, but are wondering how to put the two together, my presentation will give you a great starting point for doing algorithmic composition. If you’re a composer wondering how to use computers to help expand your set of musical ideas, this talk will give you a valuable toolkit. No music reading is required…just a desire to mess around a little bit with math, code, and musical structures.

What one concept or viewpoint would you like Notacon participants to walk away with?
No matter how traditional or avant-garde the music you want to compose may be, having a knowledge of music theory is useful, and computer programming is a useful tool for thoughtfully applying (or deliberately flouting!) the concepts of music theory.

When did you become interested in hacker culture and hacker conferences?
i first heard about hacker culture back in early 2008, when a long and random night of clicking links on Wikipedia led me to the Phone Losers of America website. Over the next few months, i started talking in hacker rooms on IRC and seeking out 2600 meetings, and i attended my first hacker conference (The Last HOPE) in July of 2008. It was eye-opening to spend a weekend with people who knew so much about the technologies i was trying to learn, and since then, i have tried to get out to as many conferences as i can. Four years later, it’s still exciting to meet and learn from everyone i meet at hacker conferences.

What other passions do you have, besides those covered in your presentation?
In the realm of technology, i’m passionate about Linux, and about gaining as broad a base of computer security knowledge as i can grasp. Musically speaking, i love classical singing, and choir singing. Unrelated to either, i think public transportation is fascinating, and i get very excited about riding new transit systems, and learning how to get around various cities i visit using public transportation.

What excites you most about Notacon 9?
i’m most excited about spending time with my friends who live out of town — both my friends who i’ve met at previous Notacons, and new ones i will meet this year.

Any final thoughts or statements you’d like to share with the community.
Thank you for giving me the chance to share my work. i’m looking forward to attending and presenting at Notacon 9!

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