Simon’s favorite piece for the moment – Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony:
This is currently Simon’s favourite piece – an adapted take on Saint-Saens’ Samson and Dalila:
Here Simon is working on sound synthesis code offered in the tutorial:
He drew an ADSR Envelope graph and explained it:
Here I filmed Simon from behind, without him really being aware of it. This is to show the usual way he studies – by talking to himself:
Some more synth tricks he learned to apply to the original code:
The code to create a slider that functions as an oscillator:
Simon made this graph in Word:
This one is such a joy to see, especially considering Simon has learned it within a week.
In the following video Simon plays a piece composed by a 9 year old blind prodigy (grown up by now).
Simon’s also been practicing Puccini and Beethoven. His wonderful teacher tries to make it clear to him how much logic and math there is hiding behind the temperamental piano chords and how exact the pianist must be. He loves chatting with her about music theory.
Simon was experimenting with changing sound frequency using infrared light today. The light sensor in his electric circuit reacts to any light, including infrared light.
Different remote controls resulted in different output:
In this video Simon explains the use of the LittleBits proto module (a module that can be worked on to make your own new module) using a graph he made himself after watching some tutorials about the proto module. The graph is his summary of what he learned in the videos (his way of taking notes).
Right after playing in organ mode on his electric piano for the first time Simon burst into tears and was inconsolable. He even left his popsicle untouched and popsicles always help against tears. “The music was too sad!” – he cried on the floor in the playroom.
It took him a good half an hour to recuperate. I have explained that Bach would have probably been proud of him because he feels the music so well.
This afternoon Simon gave me an introductory lesson to soundwave shapes: triangular, saw tooth, ramp, pulse 0 to 100% duty cycle. It turned out he can imitate all of them easily, and that is next to his perfect pitch. Recently at a construction site he heard a truck buzzing and screamed: “F sharp in the highest octave!!” Well, now he can also say which wave shape that was.