And then there are some….

July 7, 2005 at 9:51 pm | Posted in Illayaraja, Thiruvasakam | 8 Comments

There’s one great musician from our very own country, who has been making the waves with his sublime orchestration, in collaboration with some of the greatest artists. I am talking about the maestro Illayaraja, who’s “Thiruvasakam in Symphony” is out in the markets. Some people call it fusion, but I’d perfer to call it music at it’s peak, language no bar, style no bar, notations no bar. To me Thiruvasakam is liken to a raaga alaapana accompanied by a symphony. The only other piece of music that’s even remotely related to this is L. Subramanium’s “Live in Moscow”. And I have heard only the sample pieces. Can’t wait to get my hands on the DVD, which would do most justice to the artists involved.

There’s Mr.Raaja and then there are some.

Cheers.

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Is Programming Art?

July 7, 2005 at 9:50 pm | Posted in John Littler, Programming | 3 Comments

I am back…. Have been wanting to write for quite sometime now… so here goes…

Art and Computer Programming by John Littler — One of the great theoretical debates in computer programming is “Is programming art?” There are creative components certainly, and aesthetic aspects occasionally, but do programming’s functional concerns push it more toward craft or engineering? John Littler recently cornered several well-known hackers for their opinions on the subject.

Littler borrows from the likes of Paul Graham, Stroustrup etc.. And though he does recognize that there are contraints with computer programming such as the Language restrictions, Coding Standards, Practices which bog down the creativity and limit the freedom of the programmer. Littler then steps back and takes programming as the complete set of the {Idea, Design, Implementation} and lo behold, you have numerous avenues for art in the first two stages.

Cheers.

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