Daniel Jeffries’ wildly popular Learning AI If You Suck At Math series is back after a 3-year hiatus. In part 8, Daniel asks (and answers) the question: Can AI make beautiful music?
Music Time brings the power of the Spotify player to your code editor. Control your music, view and create playlists, favorite and repeat songs, and discover new music without context switching to the Spotify web or desktop app.
Music Time is free and works with VS Code, Atom, and JetBrains IDEs. Some of its features require Spotify premium, but the personalized song recommendations work with the free version of Spotify as well. It even has a cool vizualizer so you can see your most productive songs.
Musicians and developers go together like peas and carrots, Jenny. So it makes sense that techniques used by musicians to hone their skills might transfer over to software people. One of those techniques is the “masterclass”
A masterclass is a format in which musicians perform a work for an established artist and the artist then gives them feedback rather like a lesson, except that all of this happens in front of an audience.
Click through for a compelling distillation of what software teams can learn from musicians when it comes to giving and receiving feedback.
What does this have to do with coding, you ask? Ambient music, IMHO, is the best music to code to. I’ve been enjoying this list ever since it hit my radar the other day, so I thought I’d pass it along.
The roots of ‘view source’ live on, in an incredibly realized form. (In Beaker, you can right-click on Duxtape and ‘view source’ for the entire app. You can do this for your mixtapes, too. Question: When was the last time you inspected the code hosting your Webmail, your blog, your photo storage? Related question: When was the first time?)
It’s hard to see a world where apps like this get mainstream adoption. On the other hand, what other choices do we have? 🤔
This site is a collection of generative music pieces which can be listened to. The term “generative music” has been used especially by Brian Eno to describe music which changes continuously and is created by a system. Such systems often generate music for as long as one is willing to listen.
Push play and code away.
JS Party panelist, Feross Aboukhadijeh:
In the days of Geocities and Angelfire, a quirky HTML tag called ⟨bgsound⟩ enabled sound files to play in the background of webpages. Usually, these files were in the MIDI format. What a glorious era that was! Sadly, ⟨bgsound⟩ has been removed from browsers and MIDI is obscure and hard to play back. In this talk, we’ll bring MIDI and ⟨bgsound⟩ back from the dead using WebAssembly, Emscripten, Web Audio, and Web Components. When we’re finished, you’ll be able to give your webpages the 90’s treatment in a modern, standards-compliant way!
How do MIDIs even work? Why won’t they play on the web anymore? Can WASM save the day (hint: yes)? How does Feross get so many eyeballs on his creations? Is Preact awesome for building sites like this? What’s the future of BitMidi look like? Don’t ask us, listen to the episode!
JS Party podcast host Feross built a new web app – BitMidi – for listening to free MIDI songs. It’s a historical archive of MIDI files from the early web era. This post breaks down why and how he built the site.
Oh, and since you’re probably wondering, the answer is “Yes, there are hundreds of Zelda songs on BitMidi!”
Jordan Eldredge has been working hard to make Webamp even more rad:
Take a trip down memory lane with this faithful WebGL port of MilkDrop, the iconic music Winamp visualizer.
Check it out in Chrome and Firefox. What should you listen to while the visualizer does its thing? Our episode all about Webamp, of course. 🤓
Like JSFiddle, but for ChordPro chord sheets. I’m no musician, so I’m not embarrassed to say I had to google to learn ChordPro is an ASCII text file format for transcribing songs with chords and lyrics.