A quotation from the 2002 novel „Snow” by Orhan Pamuk, describing his protagonist’s return after a long absence. The city of Kars lies in the eastern marches of Turkey, as Anatolia rises up to meet the border with Armenia.

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It wasn’t the poverty or the helplessness that disturbed him; it was the thing he would see again and again during the days to come—in the empty windows of photography shops, in the frozen windows of the crowded teahouses where the city’s unemployed passed the time playing cards, and in the city’s empty snow-covered squares. These sights spoke of a strange and powerful loneliness. It was as if he were in a place that the whole world had forgotten, as if it were snowing at the end of the world.

Live coding: a user's manual is out this week, published open access by MIT Press. I have my copy already, after many years it's real!

I just put up a placeholder website, and will upload the pdf, epub and mobi ebook files there on Tuesday, maybe making a web version. It'd be interesting if people started contributing edits, adding extra chapters etc..


By way of introduction, …

The project ( nula.cc ) began in 2009 as a series of “filecasts”. It has grown since then to include hundreds of sound compositions, field recordings, videos, images and texts. I am pleased now to bring it to mastodon and hope it may interest at least some of you.

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assemblag.es is a Mastodon instance for people interested in thinking creatively and critically about technology, in the broadest sense. The only requirement is that you keep to the code of conduct! Note: we've paused new signups for a few days while we deal with the #twittermigration influx - please do request an invite, but be aware that for now functions more like a 'waiting list' than a knock on the door, until our numbers stabilise again :-)