“The Left Hand of Darkness” is a novel published by Ursula K. Le Guin in 1969, featuring an anthropomorphic specie on another planet, where individuals do not have a fixed gender, instead undergoing periodic spontaneous change into male or female, while being asexual most of the time. And they can control this process by using hormones. I wonder how this piece of science fiction correlates with the actual history: Magnus Hirschfeld in 1918 at his Institute for Sexual Science in Berlin was one of the first to offer his patients the means to achieve sex change, either through hormone therapy, sex change operations, or both.
In this post I will continue the exploration of Sonic Pi. So far, I wrote the sequencer, and then found myself reading about the polyrhythms: From the philosophical perspective of the African musician, cross-beats can symbolize the challenging moments or emotional stress we all encounter. Playing cross-beats while fully grounded in the main beats, prepares one for maintaining a life-purpose while dealing with life’s challenges. Many non-Saharan languages do not have a word for rhythm, or even music.
Some time ago I discovered Manfred Max-Neef’s Fundamental human needs taxonomy: Unlike Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which focuses on a hierarchy of psychological needs, Max-Neef talks about needs that are complementary, all of which are necessary to achieve satisfaction. Indeed, the Maslow’s hierarchy seems to me kind of opinionated and arbitrary. If only the game was as simple as reaching the imaginary top, somewhere across the infinite ladder.
I think it’s cool to be able to create various diagrams just by declaring them in plain text. The first tool which I was using is PlantUML. Then I discovered MermaidJS, which is nicely supported by Typora. It’s even possible to render diagrams in the supported browsers. This allows the interactive elements and nice stylings. The graph below is an attempt to visualize the data flow and feedback loops for some of my gadgets.
There is already an article which sings praises to Ruby. And so does the author of Sonic Pi. Amazingly, the concept of programming is probably emerged along with the first musical machines. These days, I see how code becomes the universal language which gets ideas across when nothing else can. And the music is the code of feelings. Except when you have “amusia.” Today I got curious to explore Sonic Pi and its integration with DAW via MIDI in particular.