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  1. I am a song writer and although I can read music I do not understand musical theory. I have purposely avoided it. I was teaching a a new song to a friend and taught him the bass line and then I played along with the guitar. My friend asked what the chords were and told me that I had written the bass in the wrong key (he was musically trained). I am open to new things and asked him to play it in the correct key which he did. I then asked him to play my bass line (in the wrong key) and asked which sounded better…the bass line that was in the wrong key. Nietzsche said that “convictions are prisons” and i feel this about musical theory. I’d be interested to analyse visualised patterns to see if the “fit”. I noticed that the sounds I found ugly in your viideo were also ugly in the visual representation. Keep up the good work!

    • Hi, thanks for your comment! Yes the visualizer tends towards simple and stable patterns when the sounds are harmonious, and become more complex when the sounds are dissonant. I’d be interested to hear the chords and bass line you’re talking about. Often something seems wrong from beginner theory, but can be justified with more sophisticated theory. It’s also helpful to keep in mind that theory is a description of music, and not a set of rules. If you like it, then it’s “right”.

  2. Hi John,
    I really liked your talk and description of your current work in the music and personality fields.
    My question is; do you have the youtube dialogue you did with JBP’s introduction, and I can share with my friends on youtube or fb?
    I like seeing young minds think, and I believe it to be of benefit to myself and my friends.
    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Thank you,
    Cal Howard

  3. I am a web developer, bass player and music composer (creative) based in the UK. I just heard about your work on musical representations and found it very interesting.I signed up to your beta software, as I am clearly interested, do you have an online repository I could contribute too and are you interested in public contribution?

    • Hi L, Thanks for your interest!. I’m considering making the repo public on github. Although I’ve never done anything like that before, so I’m not sure how the workflow would go.

  4. Hi John, sorry for the lateness of my reply. I use Git quite a lot, I think github would be a great solution for this, with it being a public repository. It really isn’t too complicated to setup, I am sure you will have no trouble.A quick Google search returned http://rogerdudler.github.io/git-guide/ which seems like a good guide too me.

    I am interested in making a PHP version of your software that can run on a Linux / HTTPD web server. Would be a really big help towards this goal if you can supply me with your source code. Any software I create will of course be open source.

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