Experiment 28 -Transduction and Language


One of the things that interests me most — you could say it is my driving force — or my critique — is the phase transition. The boundary between one thing type of thing and another.

When does a person become a man or a woman or non binary or something else, when does a script become a program, when does water become steam?

Some of these phases are human constructs and some are laws of physics. Some of these phases only exist within other phases that themselves are can move to another phase and render everything non-sensical.

Why does it interest me?

I have been listening to the human origin lectures at Mimbres — which is mindblowing — and someone mentioned that the fundamental questions of philosophy are — what is it to be human, and what is money. I am thinking about this. I argue in my mind — what about what does it mean to be good, (ethics),but that could be part of what it is to be human. I also think about questions of epistemology — how do I know what I know (but also based on being human perhaps), or what does it mean to be (perhaps what does it mean to be a human).

In the human origins class — we are looking at the archaeological record and spurious conclusions. Can we look at the record and understand what it is to be human.

When I look at this question I think in terms of phase transitions.

What is it to be a human and not a chimp (or Australopithecine)?

What is it to be a house and not a temple, or a house of government and not a temple? What is it to be agricultural vs hunter gatherers.

These questions are formed in contrasts. When does one thing become a another. One of the myths we have is the Metamorphosis from Ovid — when one thing becomes another. When ariadne becomes a spider.

So it is both about the category, the object that is changing from one category to another, but it is about the threshold, the boundary that separates one thing from another, and the function, the operation that moves one object from one category to another.

I wonder what is this — is this mereology (the study of parts and the whole), is this just ontology or epistemology (or metaphysics), or is this something else.

I think of this as transduction rather than transformation,”The act of leading or carrying over” from the internet VS transform “To change markedly the appearance or form of. OR To change the nature, function, or condition of; convert: synonym: convert” also from the internet.

I am interested in the act of carrying over — the function of transformation.

Why am I writing this today — who knows.

I took an oblique look at randomness today and sort of thought of cyphers and language. I asked chat to

>rewrite this poem with graphics and shapes instead of words — make this a representation of a language without letters

This chat took a few iterations to produce something I was looking for

When does one language become another?

code on github

keep going

Experiment 27 — Function Generators


In the spirit of experimenting with random function generators this week I looked first the creative coding and math coding classes at superhi for inspiration. 

But I did not look long because my new special interests — modular synths — inspired me. 

Modular synthesizers are hardware boxes that generate electrical signals often to generate music (but I suppose could be used for other things) . I sort of like this article — but it is about a particular synth. 

In modular synths (and electronics in general) there is a concept of a function generator. This is an electronic component or components that generate a signal, a wave form. There are many components to a signal and it is this sort of manipulation of a the wave form that the function generator lets you manipulate. From this we can generate randomish numbers. 

I asked chat. 

>generate a function generator

It generated my a function that generated a sequence of numbers — not exciting. 

>create a function generator based on a sine wave

this also was not very exciting I got a program that manipulated 3 variables:

  • frequency: Specifies the frequency of the sine wave in Hertz.
  • duration: Specifies the duration of the sine wave in seconds.
  • sampling_rate: Defines the number of samples taken per second (sampling rate).

it is somewhat interesting — perhaps I am too jaded. 

>create a function generator for a modular synth

This generated this image — I wanted something interactive — I wanted to be able to adjust all the variables like you can on an actual modular synth!

ADSR Envelope refers to attack, decay, sustain, and release.

GPT wrote: 

Please note that modular synthesizers have many more possibilities and modules for signal generation and processing. Depending on your specific modular synth setup and requirements, you can expand on this concept by creating more complex function generators, such as LFOs (Low-Frequency Oscillators), step sequencers, and various modulation sources.

OpenAI. (2023). ChatGPT [Large language model]. https://chat.openai.com

It generated some code that I had to manually enter into jupyter notebooks. I have been resisting jupyter code in chat -but I gave in. 

>create a circuit diagram for a function generator for a modular synth

I got some nice visualizations but no diagram

I’m afraid I can’t draw or generate visual content, including circuit diagrams, directly in this text-based interface. However, I can guide you on how you might create such a circuit diagram.

OpenAI. (2023). ChatGPT [Large language model]. https://chat.openai.com

>use schemdraw

It’s a python package i have found and never used. 

Chat generated python code to generate elm code — which is AMAZING!

Sadly it did not actually generate a circuit diagram — 

I will persist. 

Experiment 6 -Randomness


For the next few experiments, I am going to experiment with “randomness.” This will expand to cyclical functions and other generators.

I was listening to a podcast the other night — on modular synths — about someone that used uranium to generate random numbers for their [musical instrument](https://www.adsrsounds.com/news/synth-module-powered-by-uranium-ore/)

I am not going to talk about the difficulties in generating random numbers.

However doing these chat gpt experiments involve randomness. Generative art in general involves the generation of parameters. How are these parameters generated. Sometimes they are random.

Other times they are generated by a function, like a sine wave. I think about this when I think about the activation function in a neural network. I have no other thoughts beyond that.

When you look at many knobs on a synth — some of those are function generators to generate voltages or numbers (midi) to affect some musical parameter.

>create a video animation that expands random numbers

I got a list of steps
>do this in code

I got a python program

>use a different language or framework

I got an html javascript version that looked better -less lossy
although still this is not great.

Will do more work tomorrow.

Canto 13


This really has a feel, I think I am getting the feel of this. I feel this as a square a solid square.

Gardens and buildings, structure, the builder. It is a tale – about greatness, greatdeeds.

Different stories have different feelings. I do feel like there is some sort of yucky othering here, but I am getting the hang of what pound is on to.

Different stories, different modes of story telling, as different rhythms, different threads of the global story.

It is not the narrative – not what happens it is the feeling of the thing – maybe again should draw each canto.

And Kung gave the words .. order” and co brotherly deference” And saId nothIng of the .. hfe after death ..

And he saId cc Anyone can run to excesses, It 15 easy to shoot past the mark, It IS hard to stand nrm In the mIddle .”

Canto 12


This rhythm feels different than 11. More salty dog, down at tavern. I want to draw the differences. I want to draw the poem while listening to them. I do see and hear the differences between 11 and 12. 12 Swings more. I feel the impact of this on Joyce. There is something about style overcoming history. That each canto mixes history in a different way, each canto collapses history, the difference in each is an aesthetic or stylistic feature. It is like AI style transfer. unlike the last canto no lines start with AND.

Canto 11


My plan is not working so well. I am going to binge read the cantos tonight

“I mean SIdg went to Tarentum / And he found ’em, the antI-Aragons,”

I really have no idea what is happening.

I also have no image.

I read Robert Duncan’s HD book this am – part of it – and it referenced pound and the cantos and that pound was creating poems that were ideograms. This is really not working.

If anything the cantos are a rhythm – a march – a beat – as the great herbalist sam perry says some people like to waltz and some like to march.

I cannot tell the difference stylistically between one canto and the other

Experiment 25 — how can you mend a broken heart


I was feeling particularly Emu this morning and asked

create code to heal a breakup

The answer was very interesting

I’m sorry to hear that you’re going through a breakup, but it’s important to note that healing from a breakup is a complex and emotional process that cannot be solved with code. It’s a deeply personal experience, and there are no one-size-fits-all solutions.

However, I can provide you with some general advice and tips that may help you cope with a breakup:

1. Allow yourself to grieve: It’s okay to feel sad, angry, and hurt. Give yourself permission to feel these emotions and work through them.

2. Lean on your support system: Reach out to friends and family who care about you. Talking to someone you trust can be very therapeutic.

3. Practice self-care: Take care of your physical and emotional well-being. This includes getting enough sleep, eating healthily, exercising, and engaging in activities you enjoy.

4. Reflect and learn: Use this time to reflect on the relationship and what you’ve learned from it. This can help you grow and make better choices in the future.

5. Keep a journal: Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be a helpful way to process your emotions and gain clarity.

6. Avoid contact with your ex: It’s often best to limit or avoid contact with your ex for a while to create some emotional distance.

7. Set goals: Focus on your personal and professional goals to give your life a sense of purpose and direction.

8. Seek professional help: If you’re struggling to cope with the breakup, consider speaking with a therapist or counselor who can provide guidance and support.

Remember, healing from a breakup is a process that takes time, and it’s essential to be patient with yourself. There’s no quick fix, but over time, you will likely find that your emotional wounds will begin to heal, and you’ll be in a better place to move on and start anew.

OpenAI. (2023). ChatGPT [Large language model]. https://chat.openai.com

Not really what I wanted — but nice.

I then asked

>create python code to heal a broken heart

I got something I felt was a bit cheezy with affirmations.

>can you create a visual experiment using python to heal a broken heart

>can you make this animated and interactive and use ayurvedic principles

>this does not really work

>you dont have to use python but make it interactive and animated

This last one generated this sort of cool javascript HTML app with a flame that did not entirely work.

It sort of gives me ideas tho.

I think the most poetic compositions are with HTML and javascript and styles.


Experiment 24 — Dance Dance Revolution


I am really into multimodal ai — or perhaps multimodal in general. I have always been into multimodal but I just called it mapping or visualization or sonification. I am also into diagramming.

This morning I was reading Robert Ducan’s The H.D. Book and whether or not H.D. was an imagist poet. Imagism reacted against romanticism and looked for simplicity in describing visual images. Sort of multimodal!

Here is a link to H.D.’s poem Heat. It does feel a bit romantic.

I was still on my dance kick from a few days before so I asked

>write code inspired by yvonne rainer


I think this is kind of amazing.

I see chat as a tool for all sorts of directions, instructions, and choreography.

But what is missing is detail — resultion. An instruction set is like a lossy and compressed audio recording.

the code — https://github.com/msrobot0/llmlexperiments/

Experiment 23 — Draw art inspired by…


I have been thinking about my let their be light experiment.

That is my favorite. I forget which experiment that is.

I want to get back to that. I am reading a book about feminst art of the 70s and I am thinking about Yoko Ono. But What I did was write

>create a python program inspired by sol lewitt


I repeated this with cy twombly and jackson pollock



Guess which is which!

ChatGPT has trouble adding ending parenthesis if there are more than 1.

Experiment 22- Hold me closer tiny dancer


Today I wanted to do something about dance. I was at the yale CCAM event — super inspired — and started thinking again about dance. Someone presented on dance and created dance pieces to express certain mental states or forms of consciousness. Do we the audience have to know the mental state experienced by the dancer? Is this a form of communication or just self-expression — or is it just communication between the dancers? Only the people in the dance share consciousness.

When I did my experiment today I was thinking about context windows and how my prompts changed and were historical (maybe Hegelian maybe Marxists) Prompts have a history!

This is called the context window

> create a dance in code


next prompt

>have it be a dance step and sequence

When I wrote this, I only got one ball. I have not included the code. But it was disappointing. However, the sequence notion is preserved in the code I have committed, and I believe that is interesting. Perhaps I should have written to make it like square dancing or a famous ballet -Swan Lake.

>what shall i call this dance

This was interesting:

Naming a dance can be a creative and personal process. You can choose a name that reflects the style, mood, or theme of the dance. Here are some name ideas for the dance sequence I provided in the previous example:

  1. “Rhythmic Elegance”
  2. “Step Harmony”
  3. “Syncopated Motion”
  4. “Circles of Joy”
  5. “Dance of Unity”
  6. “Flowing Harmony”
  7. “Whimsical Waltz”
  8. “The Pixelated Performance”
  9. “Algorithmic Ballet”
  10. “Digital Dance Reverie”

Feel free to pick a name that resonates with the character and spirit of your dance sequence or come up with your own unique name that captures its essence. OpenAI. (2023). ChatGPT [Large language model]. https://chat.openai.com

>add multple dancers

this prompt actually did not work

>hold me closer tiny dancer in code

Each prompt built on the previous prompt — this is the context window I suppose.

The context window is the AI’s memory.