The making of "Hero," a drawing of my dad composed entirely out of 3.2 million ink dots.
Directed, Filmed, Edited and Drawn by Miguel Endara
Music by Bonobo - Noctuary
Song written by Simon Green, published by Just Isn't Music
(P) Ninja Tune 2003. Licensed courtesy of Ninja Tune - ninjatune.net
Song Download: http://bit.ly/rubVeD
It was Ruby on Rails that called my attention back in 2005. There were not many people using Ruby in Brazil back then. There were no established community and no market to work with. So, I had a dilemma: I want to work full time with Ruby, but there was no market for me to work for. What to do? Move to the USA or give up and continue in the ever growing Java market. Or maybe, take a completely unexpected route: create my own local market. Impossible? Reckless? In this talk I'd like to explain why I like Ruby and how it enabled us to grow a sustainable community and market in Brazil. As a short summary and spoiler for the talk: yes, there is now a very good and healthy local market for Ruby in Brazil, several small and big companies using Ruby, several consulting companies offering Ruby services, lots of great developers contributing back to the global community, big conferences such as our own RubyConf Brazil. So yes, it worked! And no, I didn't have to move out to the USA to work full time with Ruby!
I'm calling this a set of wind chimes because it's all generated by code in response to a random number generator. The code puts a dance music structure on the audio but only in the flimsiest sense. Wind chimes make gentle unstructured music in response to non-musical environmental input, and that's essentially what this code is doing too.
I built the audio in Archaeopteryx - first I took a drum and bass sketch, slowed the tempo from 167bpm to 16bpm, and replaced all the samples with vocal samples; then I took a techno sketch and added the simplest possible implementation of synth pads to it. Then I put them both as background to the same video, and baddabing baddaboom.
(When I say "sketch" I mean Ruby code using Archaeopteryx and a Reason rack providing sounds for that code. Calling them sketches rather than tracks for two reasons; first, they continually generate more music, so the beginning and ending implicit in the idea of a track just aren't there. Second, they're not really intended to be complete. Archaeopteryx is a DJ tool, so if all it supplies is layers rather than full tracks, that's not necessarily a bad thing.)