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Homework #0: Computational (An)aesthetics

Due date: 2008.1.16 11:59:59pm (or thereabout), Wednesday.


  • first, read/peruse CA article and this paper
    • no need to worry about the details for now, it's more important to get a sense of the ideas of cellular automata and the paper
    • in fact, try spending no more than 30 minutes total on the wikipedia article and paper combined

Specification (part 1 of 2): Response

  • respond to the reading assignment in one of the following ways:
    • either a chuck program (of any length) that makes sound
    • or a brief written/textual response (can be as short as a paragraph, or as long as uh two paragraphs, or more)
    • or a drawing / image, or something else graphical
    • or a combination of above
  • this can be a response to something in the paper, or indirectly from the ideas in CA/paper/life/universe/everything

Specification (part 2 of 2): ChucKu's

  • construct two chucku's, according to the following specifications:
    • like a haiku, a chucku should contain exactly 3 lines of code (each less than 80 characters)
    • each chucku should generate sound
    • 5/7/5 pattern optional, but try to make the code "pretty"
    • check out one line chuck crazy to see similarly compact examples
    • the chucku's should be standalone (i.e., no external audio or chuck files)
    • (thanks to Chris + kijjaz for the idea)


  • Have fun with it!!!


turn in all files by putting them in your Library/Web/220b/hw0/ directory.

  • 1) your responses to the reading, as .ck or .txt or .jpg files
  • 2) a separate .ck file for each chucku
  • 3) an audio recording of one or more of the programs (hw0.wav) - should see this on the homework factory
  • 4) a short README text (readme.txt) file that:
    • conveys your ideas/comments in constructing each program
    • contains instructions on running your programs
    • describes any difficulties you encountered in the process

Homework Factory