Sunday, September 17, 2006

Week 7

Game Project : Emergence Games

My group has finally given me some visual clues of the game.The plot is as follows and the logo is nearly done.
This single player role-playing game is about upgrading a series of Driods or Bio Enhanced Mercs.You choose which missions you want to complete which gives you a path to follow and create a story line around the path.This provides exceptional re-playability.By choosing and completing missions from one faction,more missons path will become available to the player for that faction.Completing some missions for one faction may lead to opposing factions mission paths to become unavailable.
Creative Computing
Main topics discussed:
Application Structure, GUI examination
• MIDI mapping in MSP
• MIDI control data and ranging sampler voice control

Introduction to poly and poly~
Poly: Poly does polyphonic voice allocation.
Poly~:Polyphony and DSP manager for patchers.It loads a specially-designed subpatch from disk (containing in~, in, out~ and out instead of the traditional inlet and outlet objects) once for each "voice" indicated by the value of the second argument.

(Java Script User Interface)jsui:The jsui object is a general purpose user interface object driven by javascript.

menubar : Puts up a menu bar of custom menus
Key:Report events from the computer keyboard.To look for specific keys, use key followed by select…here is the patch to allocate space bar for a specific function.
#P window setfont "Sans Serif" 9.;
#P window linecount 1;
#P newex 128 163 40 196617 key;
#B color 5;
#P newex 128 185 51 196617 select 32;
#P message 128 207 103 196617 You hit the space bar;
#P newex 128 227 36 196617 print;
#P connect 1 0 0 0;
#P connect 2 0 1 0;
#P connect 3 0 2 0;
#P window clipboard copycount 4;

Hint: pop-up floating hint/tooltip for user interface assistance..

Forum Presentation : Derek Pasco
I have known derek for a fair while now and its amazing that he was the guest this week in the forum.First time I met him was at wheatsheaf hotel,he was playing his set for COMA.He used a quote by John Cage for one of his piece,"if something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all".But he didnt ackowledge the creator of this quote.I went up to him and said that I really liked your performance but why didnt you acknowledge john cage and he replied that he did has acknowledged him in the past,when ever he has used his quotes..Ah well my memories of not using quotations are still quite fresh and I have paid alot for that.I have certainly understood the need and obligation to admire anything you ever use which is not your own creative product.
Derek spoke alot about improvisation techniques in a group scenerio which I personally believe were quite self explainatery.All of them existed for their own purpose and if you want to go to a theoritical understanding of improvisation they are brilliant.If I ever feel I am lacking the ideas for my own improvisation group I will certainly look back at the handout.
There were some great bits in the group collective effort esp with what Marco was doing.I really liked his idea of using contact microphone,keys and measuring tapes.The sounds he was producing were quite fascinating and in a way quite organic.
"Music...has to do alot of areas which are magical rather than logical.
The great artists,rather than just getting involved with discpline,get to understand love and allow the love to take shape".

First three lines of the handout from Chapter 16 of Elements of Improvisation,which stephen gave us says it all.I hope my group understood this,rather I should say,everyone in my group understood this.Or even if they do,it only applies to their personel music making.My enthusisam seems to disapear day by day.I am forcing myself to be present there and feel a bond.Some people in this world would never allow their love to flow,rather all they can contribute to the society is the evilness of their frustrated soul.
Stephen,the idea of forming improvisation groups is brilliant.Please carry forward this tradition.Regardless of what I have stated in the lines above,the whole experience is still quite magical.

(1)Haines,Christian.2006.Audio Arts lecture on Sound Design for Games.University Of Adelaide.5 september'06.
(2)Haines,Christian.2006.Creative Computing lecture on Max/Msp.University Of Adelaide.7 september'06.
(3)Whittington,Stephen.2006.Handout on Techniques for Improvisation.University Of Adelaide.7 September'06
(4)Msp Tutorials and Topics.2006.Cycling 74
(5)Derek,Pasco.2006.Presentation a the Forum.University Of Adelaide.7 September'06

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