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The Personal Website of Mark Conway Wirt

I created this site to document some random projects I've worked on over the past few years. It's mostly music and math stuff, but I may be adding other types of things soon (I have a big backlog, and sometimes writing documentation isn't as fun as doing the work).

The music tends towards the generative and algorithmic, and the math is largely aesthetic.

Recent Posts

Protecting You Privacy: OpenVPN on Arch Linux

Thu 20 April 2017

If you live in the United States, your government has recently abdicated any and all responsibility of protecting your privacy from corporate interests. If you want any privacy, you're going to need to take matters into your own hands.

PyTuning: A Python Framework for Exploring Musical Scales

Thu 01 December 2016

I am pleased to announce the release of PyTuning, a Python-based framework for the exploration of musical scales and microtonalities

A New Musical Scale

Sun 30 October 2016

Using classic Greek mathematics and modern combinatorial analysis to explore new musical scales and tunings.

New Version of MIDIUtil Released

Sat 24 September 2016

After a few years of moribund langishing, a new version of MIDIUtil, a pure python library for writing muti-track MIDI files, has been released.

Installing Arch Linux on the BeagleBone Black

Fri 19 August 2016

I've been having a lot of run playing with a BeagleBone Black these days, which is a spiffy little single-board computer. In specifications it is similar to Raspberry Pi, but it has a lot of general purpose IO pins on it; you can think of it as a marriage between the Pi and an Arduino (in fact, it has two Programmable Realtime Units -- on-board micro-controllers -- so that you can do input and output with micro-controller-accurate timings, but I haven't really played with that yet).

Emergent Music

Thu 18 August 2016

One of the things that I have been working on for a while is music composition in an algorithmic or generative style.

I have a site devoted to music ( which explains the models and theories behind these compositions (all of the music can be freely downloaded there). Here I will give the briefest of adumbrations; those interested can explore the work in-depth at the site.

Printing Three Dimensional Fractals

Thu 18 August 2016

Using a 3-D printer to really make 3-D fractals.