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Elements of Chip Music (2011) (linusakesson.net)
75 points by erikschoster on Jan 3, 2015 | hide | past | web | favorite | 4 comments

One of the better books on the topic of 'chip music' for me was Hal Chamberlin's "Musical Applications of Digital Microprocessors" [1]. What was more interesting to me was that I used his fixed point fractional scheduling algorithm to write an I/O scheduler for disks that would allow you to portion out I/O to different processes (or containers) by an arbitrary percentage of the disk channel's bandwidth.

[1] http://www.amazon.com/Musical-Applications-Microprocessors-H...

Not only is this a great talk, but sitting below the video is a humble link to his custom presentation hardware kit that drives it. Amazing!


The exchange during the last question in the Q&A section is golden: "(...) and of course there was the infamous ahx tracker - (guy asking interrupts) - thanks, I wrote it"

I especially liked how he would give examples of similar techniques being used outside of chipmusic where similar constraints would come up, such as the bass player adding percussive slaps to the gaps in his melody.

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