Lee Goddard .net — another boring personal homepage
Homepages are boring ...
...but as my work has been programming internet applications
since 1999, it would be hard to survive without one.
I work remotely or in the UK, and live
in Gödöllő, Hungary, with my wife
(who made this background image),
my children, seven-year old Ilona (in this photograph)
and three-year old Jacob.
Anyway, this my homepage and not my CV,
and as such here I define myself by more
than my work — nothing is more boring than
a computer programmer who only programs computers,
and nothing is less effective in programming computers.
Interests outside of work include Zen,
flamenco, modern jazz, Gong, Hillage, Hawkwind,
Cézanne, Klee, Kandinsky, Japanese gardens, mountains,
forests, lakes, mushrooms, wild grasses, and Indian food.
Generative Sounds With L-Systems
Computer-generated music has been an interest since dissing it
whilst at university in 1999.
Despite the clever psuedo-music and clichés of Garage Band and
Baysian networks, I find the attempt at human-sounding music to be depressingly
emotionless, their lack of lyrics and lyricism
removing them far even from the song machines of Orwell's 1984.
But I have always been fascinated by the idea that paintings and images
could be rendered as music, so when I cam across the extremely simple
the music application was irresistible, and the first prototype
created within a day.
The appeal of the equation, used to model plant growth,
is its simplicity, as this
rough graphing demo illustrates.
Without simulating varying soil, light, and weather conditions,
growth is unnaturally regular, but the instantly familiar shapes
produced by equations only four bytes encourages me
to think Lindenmayer and co were closer to discovering some
secrets of creation as anyone has got.
As for the
'musical' output, it depends on your taste,
and how you imagine a plant might sound. To my ear,
it is reminiscent of Terry Riley's dervish music,
and thus The Who's tribute to Terry Riley (and Meher Baba),
Baba O'Riley, and thus Talking Heads'
Once In A Lifetime.
The two above sounds combined:
and the art of ....
Some of my work
All the work on these sites is mine,
apart from the BBC Wildlife site, where
I did everything apart from the
graphic design and PHP. Most of my work tends to
involve GUI but hides behind authentication
or on intranets.
I am looking for three- to twleve-month contract,
anywhere a British citizen can work — I frequently
work in my native London (freeloading on my kind family),
but would welcome the change to work anywhere else at all.
I am happy to work with Perl in any form, or Java (though
I have yet to take a Sun/Oracle certification),
preferably using MooTools (jQuery is okay), Backbone,
Node.js, and real-time work with HTML5 audio, Web Audio API,
SVG and canvas manipulation.
Current personal projects, other than
include Plonk, my just-completed rip-off of Plink,
a collaborative music doodling tool, a bit like the silly
brush toy which you can see in the Zen section above.
From the server's point of view, it's just a chat server,
for the client is a kind of musical etchasketch. It does
demonstrate the power of WebSockets and weaknesses of
the HTML5 canvas element. Perhaps I'll write an article.
I'd let you see it, but what ISP supports WebSockets?
Now that Mozilla have (almost completely) fixed their
HTML5 audio looping bug, I am continuing development
of a simple HTML5 multitrack that allows the mixing and
looping, cutting and pasting, of SoundCloud and other
online audio files.
From a lofty summit The panorama extends forever I sit alone unknown The lone moon lights Cold Spring The moon isn’t in the Spring The moon is in the sky I sing this solitary song But the song isn’t zen. Han-shan, Nanzen-ji Can I ask about this? Or rather, can I ask about it and [...]