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I’m Varun Vachhar — Developer Experience Engineer & Generative Artist. Ask Me Anything!

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Hi there!

I'm Varun Vachhar — Developer Experience Engineer at Chromatic, generative artist, and contributor to Storybook. I'm really looking forward to connecting with all of you here!

I was a guest on this week's episode of the CodeNewbie Podcast with @saron

Listen and enjoy!

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In this episode, Saron and I talked about creative coding and generative art (i.e. art that has been created with a non-human system — either entirely or in part). If you're a member of this community, you probably already know that coding can be incredibly artistic — but believe it or not, that's something many people don't realize!

I’d love to answer any questions you might have about my career, using coding for creative pursuits, component-driven development, or really anything else.


Feel free to ask me anything (AMA) in the comments below!

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

I'm thinking about music created by generative art and it kind of makes think of this video where James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem) created music from tennis data:

However, I kind of think this might be different, because a human is involved in selecting the sequences and kind of mixing them together.

Would this still fall under the umbrella of generative art?

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Varun Vachhar Ask Me Anything

Hey Michael,

Yea generative music is totally a thing. One of my favourite examples is disasterpeace.com/blog/january

You can create audio on the web using the Web Audio API. However, there are more specialized tools for this. For example, Ableton, nodalmusic.com/ or supercollider.github.io/

That said, I don't have much experience with this. There is a getting started tutorial on Coding Train: youtube.com/watch?v=Bk8rLzzSink

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Michael Currin

I did a write up on Sonic Pi for writing music with code. And it can be used for live performances with a file on a loop that is changed in real time.

michaelcurrin.github.io/coding-blo...

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Very cool, I love the example you shared.

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Hi Varun! Generative art is so fascinating to me. Is there an example (outside of your own awesome work in this space) that you find particularly inspiring?

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Varun Vachhar Ask Me Anything

Here's a few of my favourite artists:

Matt Deslauriers

Ana Montiel

manoloide

Tyler Hobbs

And artnome and instagram are good places to discover more artists

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Thank you for sharing!!

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