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Mike O'connor

Retired geezer geek, now into music composition and restoring our Driftless Area prairies here at Prairie Haven

Mike O'connor
Praag, WI USA
Music, Economics, Finance, Operations
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A)

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Machine Learning for Musicians and Artists

Written 2 years ago
Terrific class for a person looking to bring interactivity to music or visual art. It's also a great introduction to machine learning that goes deep enough to give you an understanding of the tools without taking you ALL the way into a very deep subject.

Rebecca Fiebrink is not only a well-known authority in this field, she also oversees the development of the open source machine-learning tools that you will learn how to use in conjunction with your own art or music.

In my case I learned how to transform a multi-variable stream of electric-power monitoring data into inputs for an Ableton Live composition. I'm planning to add a stream of weather data and another stream of live game-cameras (using photo-recognition) to the mix. This class gave me the confidence to take on that great hack. :-)
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Mike O'connor completed this course, spending 12 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Programming Max: Structuring Interactive Software for Digital Arts

Written 2 years ago
If you are really serious about learning Max, this is the course for you. You will work hard and will emerge with a very solid grounding in how to use this delightful programming environment. Along the way you will meet a very smart professor who's been deeply involved in the development of the language since its very beginnings.

I prefer courses where I'm being instructed by a deep expert who's moving at a fast pace and is engaging. Matt Wright completely blew my doors off with his knowledge and ability to demonstrate complex material in a clear and engaging way. He's also a pretty darn good Computer Science instructor and brings in a lot of CompSci fundamentals along the way. AND he's fun to listen to.

I was able to collapse an unstable script that traversed five different apps down to one very-solid Max patch for my final project. Some fun!

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Mike O'connor completed this course, spending 16 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

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