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Timothy Boronczyk:
Composing Music with PHP
May 29, 2013 @ 10:56:37

Timothy Boronczyk has a recent post to his site with an interesting thing to use PHP for - composing music.

I'm not an expert on probability theory, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and even my Music 201 class from years ago has been long forgotten. But if you'll indulge me for the next 10 minutes, I think you'll find that even just a little knowledge can yield impressive results if creatively woven together into an application. I'd like to share with you how PHP can be taught to compose music.

He shows examples of some basic melodies generated by PHP (not the prettiest) and talks about how he "taught" PHP to get better at it. He transcribed other music into Scientific Pitch Notation and used a Markov process to create a "next note selection" method based on the notes around it. He includes the code for his "robot composer" class with its "train" and "compose" methods and and example of its usage.

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Link: http://zaemis.blogspot.com/2013/05/composing-music-with-php.html

Zend:
Zend Reveals What Music Will Keep Developers Productive (and Happy) This Holiday
December 21, 2011 @ 10:06:59

In a new press release to their site, Zend teases at some of the results from their Zend Developer Pulse survey. In these results, they share what music developers prefer (according to the survey) for when they're developing.

The survey showed that as much as 86% of developers listen to music while coding. Of the major music genres, 42% of developers said they prefer coding to music of the rock/pop variety.

The results also included the top artists, some "guilty pleasure" choices and some of the least popular artists. The full results of this survey will be coming out in January 2012, giving a "developer perspective" on the current state of the industry, technology in general and their career.

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Greg Beaver's Blog:
How to manage all that noise where PHP dev & chamber music rehearsal meet
June 29, 2009 @ 09:07:00

Greg Beaver takes a unique perspective on filtering out some of the noise that the PHP community can generate by comparing it to a chamber music rehearsal.

Why am I talking about string quartet rehearsal in a post about moderated programmer mailing lists? I come from a profession (professional chamber music) where "karma" is a fluid object, and unlike the programming world tends to break down when we attempt to nail it down.

He talks more about karma and gives an example of how he thinks it should all be handled (and how "bike shedding" comes into the picture).

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Lifehacker:
Host Your Own Music Playlist with Opentape
August 28, 2008 @ 08:45:20

With the demise of the muxtape service, a new option has popped up - the ability to run your own version with a PHP application called OpenTape. Lifehacker has posted a guide to getting this software set up and working.

Beloved music playlist hosting service Muxtape's gone offline to "sort out a problem with the RIAA," but if you've got some web server space, you can host, stream, and share your own digital music mixes Muxtape-style with newly-launched PHP web application Opentape.

It's not a direct copy, but it's pretty close (and pretty easy to get up and running). It'd PHP5 only, so if you're still living in the past and only have PHP4, you're out of luck. Their guide shows a sample installation on a Windows machine, but its not much of a stretch to follow along on a unix-based machine. You'll also need the curl extension to get some parts of it working - it's not required, though. They have a work-around for that too.

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AllForces.com:
PHP and the iTunes Music Store
December 07, 2005 @ 06:57:13

On AllForces.com today, there's this new post with a pointer to some PHP scripts that can interact with the iTunes Music Store.

Check out these PHP scripts that access the iTunes Music Store to grab the Album Art in all it's 600x600px glory. Also, Benjamin Morin has posted on his blog a set of scripts (script only not demo) to access the free videos like trailers and music videos from the iTunes Music store.

Included in the scripts on this page are:

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