Posts Tagged ‘music’

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epic tabbing + floculate

September 22, 2008

I’m still trying to get arcball rotation to work, but in the meantime, I’ve finished my guitar tableture for this peice I’ve been working on.  I still don’t know how to embed the sheet on wordpress though.  Sigh.

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new piece

September 20, 2008

I’m working on a new guitar piece and I’m about halfway done tabbing the beginning, but I’m not at all sure how to post tabs on here.  I’ll see if my digital tabbing stuff has an export to PDF.

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Opeth wins, still having sphere trouble

September 17, 2008

Opeth‘s newest album is Watershed, and I just got the opportunity to listen to it.  This thing is incredible, definitely Opeth‘s most ambitious and heavy album yet.  It has a lot more stuff in it that seems to be in metal’s more extreme sub-genres, and yet touches on music which is even more beautiful than any purely acoustic or otherwise soft things they’ve done.  There are parts that even reflect elements of jazz and psychedelic rock.  This album is pure poetry.  I highly recommend it.

And back in apple dancer land, the insane asylum where my happy goat lives, I’m still having trouble with the whole great circles sphere tessellation thing.  I refuse to fall back on lattitude and longitude circles because I’m an efficiency whore.  I’ll get this thing.

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the internet song!

September 13, 2008

I found the hilariously true internet song!

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floculate continued, freetype blues

September 11, 2008

So, I’m still working on the codebase for this Floculate game.  Here’s what I’ve done so far:

  • Wrote a new video code base.  It has one API in a header file, and it compiles a different C file depending on the platform you’re compiling on.  This is done by having system.c include either system.linux.c or system.win32.c depending on platform defines.  system.win32.c is empty right now, because I’m still working on the GNU/Linux platform.  When I finish the platform specifics and rendering fundementals I’ll do the Win32 version.
  • Took the physics engine source dir and copied it over to the Floculate source dir, and then did a make reference to the rat_physics makefile of choice, followed by copying a temp file of librat_physics_double.a.  Double is the precision of the real type it’s compiled with.

Here’s what I’m working on now… freetype font rendering in OpenGL.  I want to make my own font engine so that it’s in C and only as big as it has to be.  Problem is, I have no idea where to start.  I know what I want to do, and how to do the second part.  Basically it goes like this:

  1. Use FreeType to render the desired glyphs to pixmap surfaces.
  2. Create a texture and metric datum for each glyph.
  3. Display them as textured quads given text input / special effects.

So I can create textures from pixmaps and display them as textured quads.  What I DON’T know how to do is render the font.  If anyone out there has some advice, please come forward.  And please, don’t be all ‘hurr hurr use a redy madee font engin.’  I don’t want to.  But if someone knows of a good example of using freetype to render to pixmaps, then making textures from that, great.  I’ll keep posting on this until we’re all resolved.

On a random tangent: listen to Under The Weeping Moon.  It’s an awesome song.

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Bloc Party

September 10, 2008

Quick post before I mow the lawn.  If you don’t listen to Bloc Party, you should.  They’re really good.  You know, not in a technical way, but in a creative and unique way.  They just kind of know what will sound good.  I reccomend listening to the songs Banquet and Like Eating Glass.  Also, check out The Decemberists.  I don’t care what you think, accordions win.  The only reason everyone hates ’em is because of polka.  I might post later today about Floculation if I get the chance and have any cheesy prototype stuff done.

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I can has a blag!

September 9, 2008

So, my name is Bill Whitacre, I’m 17, and I live in the United States. I’ve decided to start a blog so as to let my friends (the few that I have) keep up with what I’m doing. What I do is a lot of different things. This will be my introductory peice, and will therefore be long. So here goes. If you want a summary, look at the bottom.

I am a very experienced programmer, as I have been playing with computers since I was 5 for one reason: to learn to program. I am an enormously patriotic Ubuntu user, and insist annoyingly that you say GNU/Linux. Come on people, most of most Linux systems is GNU, so giving them half the name only seems fair. Now, you might ask yourself “Why would some five year old kid be all ‘hurr hurr must learn to program lol’?” Well, my dad was a programmer for most of my early childhood, and he regularly showed me his fun side projects. My strongest memory of a project of his is the O’s program. Basically it was for DOS, and it had random platforms made of minus signs. Then there were these O’s that spilled from the top of the screen and and flowed across the platforms making waterfall looking cascades at the edges, and just being amazed by how cool that was.

My known languages are C/C++, Python, Java, and Basic. I also know HTML/XML formats, and a very limited amount of JavaScript. I can make an interactive menu with JS and that’s about it. I am also very biased towards C as opposed to C++. I think that C++ is obnoxiously bloated, and there is honestly nothing more you can do with it. It simply makes things easier, but at the expense of weird memory management and bloated memory footprint, as well as bloated machine code. In C you can easily shoot yourself in the foot, but with a beebee gun. At worst you might lose a toe. In C++, the gun has the safety on when you pull the trigger, but in the off chance the safety failed you just blew your whole fucking leg off with a pump action 10-gauge shotgun. And you’d fix the safety, but it turns out the safety mechanism on the gun is some quantum gizmo, so there’s no hope.

I’m also a hardcore gamer, and also a big follower of Indie games. My favorites right now are Cortex Command and World of Goo. These are a mere taste of the genius of the Indie game movement. And don’t just think ‘ooh ooh 2D games lol old.’ That’s retarded, stop thinking in terms of ‘old’ and ‘new.’ These games are incredible because they introduce completely different gameplay mechanics in one way or another, stuff that’s never been played before, and that’s fun. And not all indie games are 2D. It’s just that 3D games often take larger development teams, and most indie developers do not have so many people. Some CAN produce 3D games though, and do so.

But I love some mainstream stuff too, with the exception of Halo, which is just absolutely the most unoriginal thing. Halflife 2 and it’s various episodes are far better as FPS games, because of their story and unique content. Also, Nintendo owns all those Microcrap and Sony fools with the Zelda and Metroid series’ awesomeness. The best RPGs ever, and with the Metroid Prime games actually being a hybrid RPG/FPS. Wicked! Another good game: Pikmin. I know, hilarious. No, it’s awesome. As horror games go, I would have to say Silent Hill 2 is still my favorite. I didn’t sleep for about three days or so.

I am also a fair musician; I play guitar with a reasonable amount of skill. When I was about five (yes five again, maybe that’s just when I started taking an interest in stuff seriously) I saw some street musician playing a guitar jovially and whatnot, and stood completely transfixed. Honestly, it was the first instrument I’d seen in person, and I wanted to play it right away.

I’ve been messing around on accoustic guitars a long time. First I had a tiny little Harmony, and when that got too small I got a full size Sonata. Until I was about fourteen I played stuff out of a book and gained valuable techical skill with the guitar. Eventually I stopped taking lessons because I didn’t want to do what they wanted me to anymore, and just started playing whatever I felt like.

For a long time I just kind of discovered things on my own and developed my own style. For about two years I’ve been reading about music theory and applied guitar methods, and integrating that with my own style. At this point I have a wide range of melodies and beats I’ve worked up, but only just recently decided to start working some of them in to songs. I don’t sing, so no lyrics for you. Period.

I also follow music obsessively. Not really obsessively, but enough to be ‘in to it.’ My favorite bands are Pink Floyd, Kansas, Opeth, Rush, Led Zeppelin, The Black Keys, and Death Cab for Cutie. On the indie front I’m in to Tunng, The Shins, Bloc Party, and The Killers. If there isn’t enough music geekery there I don’t know what else to say. My taste ranges from Classical to Folk to Rock to Metal, and I enjoy lots of deep emotional melody, philosophical lyrics, as well as elements of psycholdelic rock and progressive rock. I try to keep an open mind in music and accept genres that I don’t understand neccesarily, but I cannot stand gangsta rap. And that’s not just rap in general either, I like some rap, but that violent angry gangsta bullshit is ten times more offensive than metal, and yet it’s metal that’s considered to be satanic. Get some perspective, people. It’s loud and abbraisive, but it doesn’t have anything to do with some magical meanie man or whatever.

So that’s the scoop. This is the summary: I’m a programmer, musician, and gamer. Also, some random but important stuff I didn’t really cover in the body: I’m also in to graphic art and more recently along the lines of programming stuff, PIC microcontrollers. I’m working on a large multimedia library called Rampancy Engine that will represent a large portion of my games to come. My long term plans are basically in indie game development, and I hope to be at the IGF someday soon. I am also working towards college through a GED right now, as I have been fed up with the corruption of the public school system’s teachers, and the bratty preppy students who don’t give a fuck about anything they’re supposed to be learning. Not only that, but the education itself is corrupt. So, I’ll be off to college. I’m using a local college as a jumpstart for a big engineering school.

Anyway, I’ll be posting again when I feel like it. Perhaps on specific subjects, or maybe under etcetera again.