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When I see a block for F/J, can't figure out left or right. Maybe visually space

Goes too fast

Never used the semicolon key

Austin: "I don't know where your notes went"

Wasn't clear that there was a creative component

Typically you're just expected to play along, so a tutorial for the creation

(Second part of the tutorial is playing what's given to you)

Should be enough to get people to get started

Ableton live -- What's super helpful is a minimap view on the side

(Distracting for DDR)

Web-based DAWs. Audio -- browser isn't powerful enough to mux in real time.

Tuning something in the browser -- may not have enough computational power

Look at it from the DJ angle

Producers go hard to do the sound design, push them around, make things from scratch. The modern musician is a producer. They make new instrument in software

DJ take samples from a producer, push buttons to play samples, keypad that samples from tracks, they won't compose a new melody on the spot

- how to do music production

Famous DJs vs famous producers are very small overlap. DJs mix to get you to the right place. DJs work real-time. Anything that takes more work

Ableton live can mux (multiplex) multiple tracks. Layer tracks in real time, Muxing is to combine to a single channel. Muxing is nontrivial because signals modulate other signals -- audio signal's gain is dependent on another

a1, a2, a3; b1, b2, b3

Muxing: Quickly compute a * f(b3) before it plays

a3 * f(b3) Happens in real time

Don't worry about muxing things

Expensive workstations to do audio stuff (computers weren't powerful enough to accomplish this in real time); analog effects

Now: Can perform digital modulation in real time

can just have a simple button pad

Why not a keyboard?

Button pad vs piano keyboard -- concert pianist only has mental capacity for a keyboard. Can't operate a kick drum. Few pianists can improve. Playing a keyboard in front of an audience is very hard

4 x 4 keyboard -- some people have replaced

4 x 4 on a phone. Old phone with actual buttons -- pretty standard

8 x 1 is intimidating. Count things just by looking at it - Subitizing

Eric played on a pad and a piano keyboard

Tried playing a few melodies for a couple hours

Started with kick and bass, then added melody

Pick existing samples and play samples together

Made in ableton

Requires a lot more work, had to do sound design, echos, not possible with just a dj pad

More subtle, more creative freedom. All sounds were designed from scratch

"Designing a sound" - pure sine wave, add things to it, change its spectrogram. Gives you modified notes, with different timber

Can compose notes, add additional effects

Lots of preset instruments, Manual waveform design process. Someone started with a sine wave, made it look like a guitar; then you can modify it

Can also use as an audacity linear editor. Record real instruments, pipe it in, sample those. Different -- recording (plays an instrument) vs writing a program that generative. Just a bunch of data.

Generative: Start with pure waveform, add software effects to produce the thing you want; parametricized

Highest paid musicians do sound design as opposed to yoyoma

Hans Zimmer -- uses this software to mix things together

Find energy to start game projects β€” actual stay at Google longer!

ethereum mining rig -- more time on side projects, the less I want to leave

tradeoffs between imitation and reinforcement learning

Balaji Srinivasan -- future of work might be - everyone is a mini-investor, only a few own the source of production. Investor predicts where the good ideas are

Writing a book on AI stuff - 40k words; general audience book on AI, and how we can achieve AGI. Where we are, where the challenges are.

Technical: What are we going to do next. TODO for Eric

Sociological: written

Forcing yourself to write it down is great way of learning-- second to the heat of battle