perspectiefstudie van noord naar zuid

This morning as the sun rose, I biked all the way from the north to the south of Ghent taking snapshots of the airplane trails on the left-hand side. Looking for geometry and patterns ins the blue morning sky.


Did some more photos the other day, until I could no longer feel my fingers. It’s an abandonded concrete mixing installation that was recently squatted and then unsquatted for some reason.


This is a big one. It’s a packet analyzing network sniffer that outputs crazy rhythms, mapped to crazy sounds. We (me and @0xtosh) set it up at HAR2009 were people could log in to a linux VM, run some scripts, ours or their own, to scan the network and netglitch broadcasted a shoutcast stream to which you could tune into to listen to your own packets.

about a glitch

Accidental art, a glitch of the system. Only mildly intended to happen, secretly hoping for it, once in a while it happens. I was lucky enough to have my camera around! It’s a picture of my screen displaying a crashed c64 game, for which I fail to remember the name, emulated on a Dreamcast console.

Ruhr – Germany

Old technology captured with old analogue cameras in a hi-tech age. A view on the past that makes you wonder about the future.

animata has been ported to flash

Today I read a message on the animata list that a port to flash has been made. Although the author claims it’s rudimentary, it works, there’s a demo here. Animata can be used for all kinds of fun stuff, has OSC support to animate the bones and is uncomplicated but works. I like it. This port could be an interesting step: embedding animata experiences into webpages making it possible to reach a wider audience.


APC update

I hardly have time lately to code anything at home. I just dusted of the APC and I made slight progress going almost no sound to some sound…

That is in “dongle” mode. In stand alone mode it works fine. I even added a set of capacitors so you can switch between several sorts of sounds and a light sensitive resistor for that look-without-touching-I-can-play-this-APC-touch

I was successful in attaching it to the computer with the regular standard arduino’s + firmata and playing it from
puredata.But this is an arduino pro mini (5v 16Mhz, from sparkfun). Apparently firmata isn’t entirely the same on these mini’s. Although Since arduino 0017 I can connect and send data, it’s not without errors. First of all

[arduino]_WARNING_currently_unsupported: 176
[arduino]_WARNING_currently_unsupported: 160
[arduino]_WARNING_currently_unsupported: 176

Is what I see when I try to run the pd patch. lot’s of those, thousands…

Another weird thing is that even though pin 13 is unconnected on the arduino, It’s the only pin that seems to work. I really don’t get it. Is there some sort of different mapping? normally only pin 9-10-11 are supposed to work.

any ideas anyone?

PD filters I need to code

In order to make interesting music, I need some help from my computer. That is my instrument. I’m a terrible singer, and not a very good musician either. I’m mostly a passive musician. So whenever I hear music I look for patterns I like and how they are achieved. some thoughts below and some easy-to-program filters I would like to implement in my modular instrument setup for when I become a more active musician:

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run OSX apps fullscreen

some apps (like blender) just need to be without the OSX menu bar

this is how (copy-pasted from

I’ve always wanted an preference pane that would show and hide the dock based on which app is in the foreground. This simple plist hack does the same thing on a per-app basis. To hack an app so that when it’s active, the menubar and dock are hidden, you need to find its info.plist file. Control-click on the program in question, choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu, and then navigate into the Contents folder.

Once there, add the following to the file:


Be sure that it goes in alphabetical order, otherwise it won’t work (i.e. LSUIPresentationMode goes after LSMinimumSystemVersion but before NSAppleScriptEnabled). Save the file and enjoy.

[robg adds: You should work on a copy of the app, obviously, in case you make a mistake. I tested this with a copy of Stickies, and it worked great. If you’re using Property List Editor (part of the Developer Tools), you don’t need to worry about the order; just add a new Child to Root, and it works.

Note that the menubar is not completely gone, it’s just hidden, like the dock. Move your mouse up to the top of the screen, and the menubar drops down. You can read about the various LSUIPresentationMode options in this section of Apple’s Runtime Configuration Guidelines.