Category: ideas

Who shares code with artists?

Links to shared projects from ad agencies and design companies.

By Blair Neal


“MSAFluid is a library for solving and displaying real-time 2D fluid simulations based on Navier-Stokes equations.”

By Memo Akten

MSAFluid demo in Processing:

12th root of 2

The note relationships in a chromatic scale are based on the 12th root of 2.

An octave has a ratio of 2. An octave is divided into 12 equal steps.

For example, to find the ratio of one semi-tone (half step), on a scientific calculator, use this button:

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Here’s the result where x = 2 and y = 12

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In a computer program, you could use the pow() function calculate 2 to the 1/12 power. Here’s an example in javascript:

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This Max patch shows the relationships between any two notes and how to calculate the pitch of a note based on the semi-tone interval. You might use it as a starting point to design your own scales. For example, a 13 note chromatic scale.  Or relationships based on randomness.

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folder: 12throotof2

patch: 12throotof2.maxpat

Infinite string quartet

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Vectrex raster figures

“Modified Vectrex console driven by LZX Industries modular video synthesizer.”

By LZX Industries

Paint by numbers photo conversion

Reduce and optimize a color palette with Gimp.

By AmeliaBR at graphicdesign.stackexchange


Paint by Number Museum

Vast online collection of paint-by-number art

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From Wikipedia:

Portrait series

Optical flow, a depth camera, and edge detection.

By Matt Romein


Portrait of Margo Cramer from

The programming uses the following external code: – Rob Ramirez
ab.hsflow.jxs – Andrew Benson
jit.openni – DiabloDale
cv.jit – Jean-Marc Pelletier


Spectrum composition with the BigBang Rubette

by Florian Thalmann

More about BigBang Rubette:

A Symphony for Cats

Felines aren’t keen on human music, so scientists created special songs for them.

By Nicholas St. Fleur in The Atlantic