Music with the Waldorf Blofeld, Korg Minilogue, Korg microSAMPLER, Korg Radias, and DSI Evolver. It's a great time to be into electronic music-making.
And there's a vast amount of music worth listening to: interest me, gee me up, calm me down, inspire me. ...more
I started in the 70s developing my own black and white film and using the darkrooms at the Edinburgh Photographic Society. Digital photography is a leap forwards but still feels a bit like cheating.
Most of my images are hosted on Flickr.
You don't have to break the bank to get audiophile-grade hifi: simply being handy with
a soldering iron and knowing your way around a circuit diagram can get you a long way.
Coding interactive websites is a complex business. I've been lucky to learn my coding while
computers gradually became more capable and the internet grew and stabilised. It's been hard
work but my main project - the JET5 suite of websites -
has been cooking nicely and is now proving genuinely useful.
I cut my teeth on backprop networks around 2000 using my own VB neural network trained to predict
ITU mortality from APACHE II data. It was a long-drawn-out process, but the successes were thrilling.
This technology has huge potential for medical applications and is making inroads into several fields.
Apart from a bit of proof-of-concept coding (first confirm you can do the hard bits), this project only moves forward when I have spare time which is getting rarer these days. Still, it will be fun if it ever gets off the ground.
The plan is a patho-physiological simulator that allows a user to experience the thrill of clinical
anaesthesia for a particularly unstable and difficult case. There will be a high-score table and a fairly light-hearted
interface but the underlying simulation must be good enough to convince or I will have failed.