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I was a MA/MST student at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Accoustics.

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Already into the second week of Spring term.  This term is pretty
different from my last term - only two classes which both meet on the
same day and are both project / performance based.

CCRMA's open house was was last Friday.  I demoed my synthesizer and
people seemed to like it, which was nice.

My post-final thoughts on last term's courses:

150  - The material was good but I didn't find the assignments very
       valuable overall.  It was good to get some baseline
       introduction to acoustics.

318  - This was really interesting.  I still owe Tom Rossing a paper,
       actually.  I'm going to try to set up some form of
       interferometer this term or over the summer so that we can do

421a - I still need a few years to really let that material sink in
       but I think I got a lot out of this course.  I'm excited about
       doing a project in 421b.

422  - It went pretty well.  Our codec had good performance overall
       despite a couple of corner-case artifacts.  I think I found an
       interesting result doing Huffman coding (instead of coding just
       the mantissas I coded the entire block with a two-bit code and
       it seemed to perform pretty well).  And I learned a lot about

And my initial thoughts on this term:

128  - SLORk, the Stanford Laptop Orchestra.  An entirely
       performance-based course.  Laptop Orchestra is kinda weird but
       I think it's going to be a lot of fun.  It will be a chance to
       try out some new ideas.

421b - Spectral modeling project course.  I'm going to try to write a
       nice vocal harmonizer, or perhaps some other effects.  We are
       also learning supercollider (I bought the supercollider book
       and never read it so this is a good excuse to finally get up to

Finally, the first day of the Linux Audio Conference was today.  I
didn't actually make it to any of the sessions but I'm going to try to
attend as much as I can the next three days of the conference.

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Disclaimer: the views herein are my own and do not represent the views of Stanford University. All material copyright Michael J. Wilson.