Google’s Brain & Deep Dream: “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams”

Team Magenta at Google has been exploring a lot of interesting mediated generative data through it’s AI division. Recently WIRED published an article about some sound explorations going on at Google. NSynth feeds a “massive database of sounds” into a neural network, and generates never before heard sounds that fuse qualities of sound with data of other sounds to make some interesting audio. From the Google Magenta website:

“Unlike a traditional synthesizer which generates audio from hand-designed components like oscillators and wavetables, NSynth uses deep neural networks to generate sounds at the level of individual samples. Learning directly from data, NSynth provides artists with intuitive control over timbre and dynamics and the ability to explore new sounds that would be difficult or impossible to produce with a hand-tuned synthesizer.”

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Check out Wired’s SoundCloud playlist to hear examples (in the linked article above).

 

 

And then there is Deep Dream, google’s dreaming AI art bot.

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Ah the future is fun!

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Why Does Coding Matter?

In December 2014, I wrote a special edition article for the “Teaching & Learning” blog at Head-Royce. It was a reflection on why Coding & CS are so important for the next generation. I think it is still very relevant one year later. Check it out by clicking below:

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2nd Annual Hour of Code at Head-Royce!

For the 2nd year in a row, I led the efforts to coordinate an  Hour of Code as well as other various STEAM activities (3d printing, LED ornaments for our Digital Citizenship Community Tree), for students in K-12. Click the image below to learn more!

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