I do actually have homework this weekend, which is thankfully a quite rare occurrence in recent weeks. I will be writing a short paper comparing Wendy Carlos’ performance of Bach’s 14th invention on Switched-On Bach with one by someone else where it’s the same thing but on piano. This should at least be more interesting than my earlier comparison of two performances of the same madrigal by Montiverdi (written in about 1638). I don’t have a problem with the idea of learning about baroque music, but in practice, it’s often uninteresting to me. Not Bach, though. Bach is sweet. It’s more the pre-Bach baroque that I’m talking about. If you’ve never listened to Bach, go do it right now. And then if you’ve never listened to Switched-On Bach, go do it now as well. And also, if you’re a pianist, try playing one of his inventions sometime. They’re not very easy, but so much fun to be able to play if you feel like practicing them enough. Ok yeah, Bach is the man.
So I’ll be writing that paper today, and also doing a bit more intensive design work on the “coming soon” emmettbutler.com homepage, which I hope will be up and running by about the second week of April. I just went through the process yesterday of learning how to scrape data from an RSS feed with PHP, and I built myself a little blog feed that shows summaries of my most recent posts on this very blog in a nice feed-y format. With that and the Twitter and the Tumblr feed, it’s shaping up to be a mighty fine homepage. Mighty fine indeed.
I decided that I’m going to live tweet during the hackNY hackathon on the 9th. That should be super fun.