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  • splott wrote a new blog post: The Marginal Advantage   5 years, 6 months ago · View

    Hello Blog Readers! Here’s an article on competitive game design that I wrote. Hope you enjoy! ——— The Marginal Advantage By Sean Plott I recently was involved in a Mancala competition, where the entrants had to code an artificial intelligence program that could play Mancala. It taught me an important lesson about competitive game design. [...]

  • splott wrote a new blog post: Processing: Virus killing   5 years, 6 months ago · View

    This week’s processing homework was to create a piece that related to some story or commented on some aspect of storytelling. My initial goal was to create a growing tree where the mouse cursor would “infect” certain branches if the cursor was too close. Similar to the game Life, adjacent branches would influence eachother, causing [...]

  • splott wrote a new blog post: Processing: Commentary on the Economy   5 years, 6 months ago · View

    Hi blog readers! Here’s a piece about the economy I wrote in processing:

    Download file

    Simply unzip and run in processing! : ]

    -Sean

  • splott wrote a new blog post: Processing: Sandy Paths   5 years, 7 months ago · View

    Here’s another processing project created by myself and Jim Taylor, another first year MFA. You drag the mouse around the screen and it paints a sandy landscape colored by the sounds of the music. Download file To run this file, you need two libraries, the Minim audio library: http://code.compartmental.net/tools/minim/ and the physics library: http://www.cs.princeton.edu/%7Etraer/physics/ Also, you’ll [...]

  • splott wrote a new blog post: Processing: Pulsing Circles!   5 years, 7 months ago · View

    I created an extension of my last pulsing circles piece which incorporates “Minim,” a sound library for processing. If you download the link below, you must change the input song name. In the code, search for “intotrees” and replace it with “< >.mp3″. It’s pretty fun to play with!

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  • splott wrote a new blog post: Processing: Ghosting Circles   5 years, 7 months ago · View

    I recently wrote a neat little program in processing that allows a user to place circles (by clicking the screen) and move them around by dragging the mouse. Each circle leaves a ghostly trail behind it as it moves. Paste the code into processing to experience it yourself!!! ——- /* Sean’s circle tracking extravaganza! it’s [...]

  • splott wrote a new blog post: Turn any window into a speaker   5 years, 10 months ago · View

    With this simple, cute device, any window can be turned into a speaker.

  • splott wrote a new blog post: Tangible Sequencing   5 years, 11 months ago · View

    This week, we’ve taken a look at some innovative interfaces for the manipulation and creation of sounds. However, suppose you’re not interested in making sounds so much as making an actual piece of music. As mentioned, much of the software for sequencing music can be daunting and uninviting. So, we examine some more user friendly [...]

  • splott wrote a new blog post: DNA – Direct Note Access   5 years, 11 months ago · View

    Many technologies exist to manipulate audio waveforms. With virtually any audio software, a sound can be increased in pitch, stretched in duration, or filtered to change the timbre altogether. However, audio software has always been subject to certain technological limitations. For example, all the previously mentioned techniques can only be applied to a sound as [...]

  • splott wrote a new blog post: The Reactable   5 years, 11 months ago · View

    With the rise in digital technology, we gain the ability to easily sculpt interesting sounds and analyze noise at a fundamental level. However, though many enjoy fiddling with instruments, digital sound programs are oftentimes intimidating or difficult to learn. Consequently, the Music Technology Group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain developed a tangible [...]

  • splott wrote a new blog post: Introductory Blog Post   6 years ago · View

    Hi interactive media peoples! My name is Sean Plott and I’m from Leawood, Kansas, where the land is flat and evolution is still a theory. I received my undergraduate degree in mathematics because I’ve always enjoyed math and problems/puzzles in general. As much as I enjoy math though, I always felt a bit creatively stifled, [...]