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Have you ever noticed how an insect flying fast in direct sunlight kind of looks like a pearl string, much like a fast-moving PWM-controlled LED light? I think it could be because of the reflective wings?

In other news, currently addicted to barbershop tag videos. So happy I discovered this niche phenomenon. Barbershop singers getting together and singing only the very end of a song, the "tag", the part where all the best chords are. And every chord is enjoyed like good chocolate.

Now it makes literal sense to talk about "degrees" of scale :)

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Idea: What if a spectrogram of music was wound up in a spiral, so that each turn was exactly 1 octave and all the other intervals were also at predefined angles? I think it looks pretty interesting! Especially how all the harmonics overlap when a consonant chord is being sung. Glissando (gliding notes) looks also fun and you can almost read the different parts of the choral harmony.

This was in 12-tone equal temperament where all notes are equally spaced in a logarithmic frequency scale. Next I want to do the same with just intonation!

Just intonation is quite different: only one note in a chord could be thought of as "fixed" and the others are tuned to specific frequency ratios. This could be better for visualizing choir music. Maybe there could be a slider for setting the base frequency?

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If you take a spectrogram and wrap it around in the vertical direction so that its vertical span represents one musical semitone, interesting things happen.

It's sort of like a chromatic guitar tuner with a plotter: you can see how closely the notes fit the chosen musical tuning system.

What about chords? No problem! All notes are summed and plotted in the middle.

It's not often that I read the macOS system.log. It's written in an interesting tone, polite yet informal and to-the-point.

Some time ago I noticed my knitting produced this kind of regular spiral pattern instead of a straight line. It resembles a complex sinusoid. Why? I think I had a constant angle error in the way I make a stitch. A constant change of angle between samples, whether plotted against time or the knitting needle, produces an offset in frequency, seen as this pattern!

Found a site dedicated to making your computer/cables/OS cuter

Frog pond diorama!

- Room background is a photo from HDRi Haven.
- Tree bark is an image texture from CG Bookcase.
- The tree structure was generated with Sapling Tree Gen.

I wish they'd invented an automatic machine for doing the dishes.

If one was to actually build an "e-ink powered" record player like that in my blog post, the audio quality would not be exactly hi-fi.

Wrote a blog post about patterns you may sometimes see on the surface of vinyl records. Well, mostly about the process of making a 3D rendered video about it.

redsea RDS decoder v0.20 will support fractional seconds in the timestamp. An effort is made to accurately represent the time that the end of the group arrived in the input buffer. It's the 1000th commit! 🎉


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