just some notes.

A game, a painting, a mix and a meal

I want to do a short recap of the year. A year in which I hardly wrote any blog posts. In fact, I wrote very little at all; maybe just some work-related stuff. I am hoping to change that this year. But before I dive too deep into 2023, let's look back on 2022 through some favorites. The Game This game came into my life as a surprise,…

This is the very first composition I made using this specific setup. The Digitakt is the brains, the Model: Cycles the vibes and the Microkorg the glue. I’m just trying to keep the Neutron in check.

I’ve been trying to make it sound gentle and soft, and this late night jam was me finally making some headway with it. It’s a beast of a synthesizer that just loves to scream, but that definitely doesn’t mean it can’t sing beautifully as well.

The infrastructure necessary to do things

Lately I've been having to deal with the more infrastructural side of web development. That means I've been configuring servers, setting up deployment pipelines and considering which database to use for what. There are so many choices to make, which is a luxury, as there are many new technologies doing ever more advanced things, yet it…

Two tracks floating in the sky. Made from a feeling of optimism and strength.

I’ve made these tracks starting out on the Digitakt. I’ve laid the beat and the bassline on these, while adding chords and melodies, and arranging the tracks in FL Studio.

Pokémon, Synthesizers & Nusa Corp

I'm back into the world of Pokémon. A few days ago my brother gifted me Pokémon Legends: Arceus for the Switch and I've been playing it as much as I can. The joy of finding and catching Pokémon is still very real and the implementation of the old Pokémon concept in Legends: Arceus is refreshing, yet very familiar. My Nintendo Switch had…

Keep going

I have been meaning to publish new music for some time now. Well over a month ago I bought the Elektron Model: Cycles, an FM based groovebox. I've been having a lot of fun with it, but unfortunately never really got around to finishing up a track with it. In fact, it's been difficult to finish up stuff in general lately. Work has been…

A new music making machine

Just a small note on what I've been up to lately. A few weeks ago I bought the Elektron Model: Cycles. It's an FM based groovebox. That means that it allows you to craft sounds using FM synthesis and record them using the internal sequencer. In other words, I can now make music without a computer. Of course I could already do that. I have…

My recent fiction reading list

I've been reading. Not just books of the non-fiction kind, like those Economics and Finance books I've been writing about, but actually more so books of the fictional variety. I don't think I dedicated a single word to them on this blog. So here goes: my recently read fiction. The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller Last year I played…

A bittersweet Breath of the Wild

Starting a new game is never not a humbling experience. To purposefully enter a completely new world knowing you have no real knowledge of where to go, what to do or how to perform basic movements is daunting. You really have to learn quickly or risk getting stuck. Most games try to make this process easy for the player by taking them…

nature studies [02]

as witnessed during a bright moment in a bleak and cold february

Financial Fascinations

I was writing a bit about Ha-Joon Chang's book Economics: The User's Guide the other day. I had just completed the book and wanted to jot down a few thoughts. As I usually open up Wordpad whenever I want to write on my laptop, it wasn't completely surprising that my weird refusal to save documents would eventually lead me to lose the…

Guiding myself back into economics

I've been reading Ha-Joon Chang's Economics: The User's Guide . I placed it on my desk a week ago; more as a decorative piece than as a book I should read. I remember dabbling in it when I first bought it, which must have been years ago. The book is from 2013. Last weekend I suddenly felt the urge to pick it up. It's good to refresh the…

The soundtrack to my morning routine.

I bought a mechanical keyboard

Last week I ordered a new external keyboard to use with my laptop. I had been using a cheap one before, and for a couple of years it served me quite well. In fact, I literally must have typed thousands and thousands, if not millions of letters on it. Some of those letters which might end up as pieces of valuable code in the software I'm…

Crash Bandicoot, a PlayStation 5, and life

I took a long break from this blog. Life happened. I focused on other things. I didn't feel motivated enough to write another post. In other words, there were plenty of reasons for this hiatus to happen. In my youth I would have felt bad about it and just quit the blog altogether. Not now though. I'm ploughing through. Also, in the mean…

As summer draws to an end and the rays of sun leave us to ourselves, we have only our melancholy to keep us warm. Until we fall in love with autumn again.

Originally produced in the summer of 2019, I never properly mixed and released this project. With 2020 giving us all a hard time, it felt right to go back to it and put it out. Especially with another cold and rainy autumn ahead of us.

Notes on making games and artistic research

I am still in the research phase of working on a video game. Ideas have been piling up, eating each other, morphing into new ones, or lost (potentially) forever to amnesia. It's a sad, yet fertile process. The context I'm creating together with my friend is one that is bound to bring forward a product that has some type of layeredness. So…

Relations, including nested data and more Prisma 2 notes

I'm currently exploring a new back-end technology called Prisma 2. I want to share some notes here, as I discover how it works, in the hope that they might be useful to anyone trying out Prisma 2 too (^-^). If you're not into coding, javascript, graphql or all that stuff, it probably won't be too interesting for you. Of course, you're…

It’s been a while. I’m committed to return to more consistent blogging soon, but for now I will suffice by sharing one of the projects I have been working on recently.

I present Fever Dreams, an EP I made over the course of a particularly intense heatwave. It’s a somewhat experimental project for me, it being influenced by genres like Afrobeat and Afroswing.

solitary temples

a [filtered] study

Making a custom color picker

Colors are fun. Especially when you can choose your own. You'll need a color picker for that though. Luckily, we can easily create a custom one ourselves with react . While you can use the native color picker that the browser offers, we'll be using the library react-color . It provides us with a couple of helpful components, which speed…

Bass lines, grooves, lush chords, percussions & guitar rhythms. Sunday is your chance to get close and intimate with music.

How to build your own analytics (part one)

I have a blog (you’re reading it). It's just a personal site I occasionally share some stuff on. That's all it is, and all it ever should be. Naturally, like most humans on the internet, I do get a little positive sensation when people visit my site. But that's really just a bonus. It's not a reason to post more stuff or to post things I…

we're evaporating

Writing games with Marx

It seems like a right moment to tell you a little bit about the game I've been working on with a good friend of mine. The game, of which I won't share the title yet, is currently very much in the conceptualization-, yet somewhat out of conceptualization phase. That is to say, I think we've got a good handle on what we're trying to create…

Can you start a Sunday playlist series in any other way than with the Maroon 5 classic Sunday Morning? I bet you can, yet I won't. A little cliché never hurt a playlist. But fear not, we'll take you on some less trodden paths as well. From Indonesian alternative to Hawaiian crooning. Enjoy.

Assuming responsibility... for my blog

I've been having a bit of trouble writing down any coherent thoughts as of late. That's a shame, for it was my intention to dig a bit deeper into my thoughts on this blog. To take more notes while I was reading and then hopefully try to formulate sentences and paragraphs which could help me make sense of all the information swimming in my…

jungle nostalgia

a dispatch from a distant jungle

It takes a village (and a few elders)

For too long I have ventured into the unknown, not caring about all the beautiful things I built in the past and then left behind. Those buildings would still be there when I came back, I believed. Maybe they'd need a little checkup, but as long as one of the inhabitants wasn't screaming that the roof was gone, I was still good. And I…

Building a web app

After years of building applications for the web with Javascript, I’m now jumping into the world of Ruby on Rails. If you’ve never built a web application, I’m sure this doesn’t mean much to you. You might even have no idea at all, what I’m talking about. And to be fair, sometimes that same feelings creeps into my soul as well. The thing…

nature studies [01]

drawing from nature

Pokémon Sword & Shield move at their own pace

The day I thought would never arrive, did actually arrive: we’ve been given a three dimensional full blown Pokémon adventure. A miracle, no less. Anyone who has played the game since Pokémon Red & Blue and has seen the very first season of the Pokémon anime should be able to relate to this sentiment. It always seemed like such a natural…

I'm just making some notes

Hello and welcome to my blog. This is the obligatory first post that I just couldn’t resist writing. I’ve been writing and starting blogs probably ever since I first got onto the internet. Back then blogs didn’t exist, but there were homepages and guestbooks. Naturally I had both at some point: a guestbook and a homepage. The transition…

  • A game, a painting, a mix and a meal
  • The infrastructure necessary to do things
  • Pokémon, Synthesizers & Nusa Corp
  • Keep going
  • A new music making machine
  • My recent fiction reading list
  • A bittersweet Breath of the Wild
  • Financial Fascinations
  • Guiding myself back into economics
  • I bought a mechanical keyboard
  • Crash Bandicoot, a PlayStation 5, and life
  • Notes on making games and artistic research
  • Relations, including nested data and more Prisma 2 notes
  • Making a custom color picker
  • How to build your own analytics (part one)
  • Writing games with Marx
  • Assuming responsibility... for my blog
  • It takes a village (and a few elders)
  • Building a web app
  • Pokémon Sword & Shield move at their own pace
  • I'm just making some notes
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