This class explores composition and arrangement for the large jazz ensemble from 1920s foundations to current postmodern practice. Consideration given to a variety of styles and to the interaction of improvisation and composition. Study of works by Basie, Ellington, Evans, Gillespie, Golson, Mingus, Morris, Nelson, Williams, and others. Open rehearsals, workshops, and performances of student compositions by the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra.
"Over the last few years, we’ve been studying the process designers (and their teams) use to make important decisions like these. In the course of our work, we’ve discovered there are five common styles of design that almost every team uses: (1) Unintended, (2) Self, (3) Genius, (4) Activity Focused, and (5) User Focused."
The engineering culture is simply the set of behaviors positively reinforced by the tools and processes of the organization.
This design manifesto was first written by Bruce Mau in 1998, articulating his beliefs, strategies, and motivations. The manifesto outlines BMD’s design process.
Nice tutorial for the Cinder C++ library for creative coding.
A new type of textbook
A compact textbook that explains calculus and mechanics clearly and intuitively.
Calculus and mechanics together
Calculus and mechanics are often taught as separate subjects. It shouldn’t be like that. If you learn calculus without mechanics, it will be boring. If you learn physics without calculus, you won’t truly understand.
By learning both subjects in parallel, you will be able to understand concepts much better.
to standard base:
- Peel & slice 3 peaches, then roast with a few tablespoons of sugar and a little lemon juice in a 400F oven for 10 minutes or so, until soft.
- Puree the peaches until smooth (I got about 3/4 of a cup), then add to the prepared base.
- Chill thoroughly & spin.
I should have waited for the peaches I had to ripen more — the taste was not as strongly peachy as I had hoped for. Next time.
Cherry Vanilla with Girl Scout ‘Samoas’ cookies blended in. This is my second batch of this one.
Standard base + 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 box Samoas cookies, chopped.
- Make a 1:1 simple syrup (boil 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar to dissolve)
- Pour syrup over ~1 cup chopped dried bing cherries (got mine from Trader Joe’s)
- Chill overnight.
Spin the ice cream, then mix in the cookie pieces and cherries with a little of the syrup as you go.