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  • Markov chains music generation

    Here’s a project I’ve had on the back-burner for many years. Following the natural progression of generating stuff based on Markov chains, I decided a while ago to port the algorithm to music.

    Music presents many challenges that I haven’t been able to address well so far. As a result, what the algorithm produces always had a bitter unfinished aftertaste to me, hence why I haven’t published anything about it for years.

    • Music is multidimensional, time is relevant and needs it own analysis and subsequent generation
    • The interconnectedness of different instruments from the piece is important as well.
    • Random generation even based on Markov chains fails to produce any structure. The pieces all sound like a long solo without chorus or any other repetition that would give us what we strive for: anticipation. In other words, it’s perfect for jazz.

    I’m hoping that publishing this will give me the kick in the nuts necessary to keep improving it. Without further ado, here’s what I have so far.


    Future improvements:

    • add to corpus
    • clean pieces analyzed of noise
    • try to infuse structure
  • A successful introduction

    I installed 2 colonies today and everything went extremely well. Having done this once in the past really helped; I knew how to read the bees better and kept them very docile during the whole process.

    The second package introduced into the top bar hive

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    The hives in all their glory

    A close-up of the new Langstroth hive this season (up-side down because iPhone)

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    Busy figuring their new place out

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    The weather kept me on my toes but fortunately left us alone for a good while. The rain poured heavily a couple of hours afterwards, I hope all the bees found their way inside before.

  • And this is what happens once they figured it out

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  • This is what happens as chicks learn to lay down

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    They spend the first few days of their lives standing; little by little they figure out they don’t have to and look like a bunch of sleepy drunks in the process.

  • It takes a surprinsingly long time to paint

    I still need to add a few decorations to make it cool. Unfortunately, the supplier has delayed delivery of the colonies by a week to allow the queens more time for their mating flight since the weather didn’t cooperate so far.

  • In America this is a recipe

    Recipe for Cheesy Marinara dipping sauce,

    1. acquire some prepared marinara sauce
    2. add cheese
    3. high-five yourself
  • 8 Buff Orpingtons

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