The Science of Music and Algorithms

“I can understand why it’s an issue if you’ve got an extremely romanticized view of what art is,” he says. “But Bach peed, and he shat, and he had a lot of kids. We’re all just people.” – David Cope, UC Santa Cruz, emeritus professor “To some extent, this match is a defense of the … Read more The Science of Music and Algorithms

Ronald Fischer, Beekeeper by Richard Avedon, 1981

Ronald Fischer, Beekeeper by Richard Avedon, 1981. To get the bees to land on Fischer, photographer Richard Avedon enlisted the help of UC Davis entomologist (and professional bee wrangler) Dr. Norman Gary, who smeared the beekeeper with queen bee pheromone and a dash of plant extract similar to peppermint — a method he devised himself. … Read more Ronald Fischer, Beekeeper by Richard Avedon, 1981

The algorithm that won an Oscar

Hollywood likes a good explosion.  Now, with the help of an open source algorithm called Wavelet Turbulence, filmmakers can digitally create pyrotechnics that were formerly time-consuming and difficult to control. UCSB’s Theodore Kim (along with three collaborators) picked up the Academy Award in Technical Achievement for Wavelet Turbulence. So far, it has been used in over 26 … Read more The algorithm that won an Oscar

Artists & astrophysicists collaborate to create new visualizations

The OpenLab Network facilitates innovative, creative and collaborative research with art, community, design, technology, and science with the University of California Santa Cruz. “OpenLab is a collaboration between the arts and the sciences where scientists basically are looking for new and innovative ways to view and present their research in a way that is accessible … Read more Artists & astrophysicists collaborate to create new visualizations