Deep-dreaming 1979

Leap Motion and Processing - Read my interview on the Leap Motion blog

Last month I was interviewed by Alex Colgen from Leap Motion.

He spoke to me about my LeapMotionP5 library for Processing.

I enjoyed speaking with Alex, and you can read the results on the Leap Motion blog.

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LeapMotionP5 updated

LeapMotionP5, the Processing library for the Leap Motion, has been updated.

See the README for details.

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rnsgit: Command-line tool to help version Renoise songs with git

rnsgit is a Ruby command-line program to assist in using Renoise song files with git.

A Renoise song file is a zip file holding all the stuff. The stuff is a mix of text (notable Song.xml) and binary data (i.e. samples).

If you try using git with the xrns file itself git ends up making a copy of that file each time you commit a change.

It would be better to track the unzipped contents. To do that you would need to manually extract those files each time you wanted to record a change. If you decided to change branches or roll back to an earlier version you would have to manually rezip them to get the proper xrns file.

You can do all this by hand, but it’s tedious.

`rnsgit` was created to help. It’s basically a wrapper around calls to `git` and `7z`. You must have both those programs installed to use `rnsgit`.

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New track - Nameless beta v2

Here’s a mostly-finished track, Nameless

Still not quite happy with the vocals, and still tweaking about with the mix of the bridge.

I tell myself that it’s a dream.
I close my eyes and wander all that’s been invented.
You’ve given everything a name.
You close your eyes to wonder, saturated faith to obligate
A shutter to prolong a failed reaction
Falling, falling.

What’s seen is partial point of view
A luring fiction tricks the opening of shelter.
To press oneself against the real
Colliding past the friction that obscures what resists
Forming empty names that seem to just keep on calling, calling.

Tagging truth congeals to lie
Convinced by shallow shrapnel reason bricks the soul
Rejecting what’s before your eyes
You will stay nameless in the shame you lack forever hiding
Forming empty names that you will just keep on calling, calling.

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I'm ever so slowly working on a set of short, to-the-point e-books focused on technology for artists and other hackers.

I've already published Just the Best Parts: OSC for Artists

OSC for Artists, by James Britt

OSC for Artists - PDF/Mobi/EPub bundle

My brother Gerry has written an outstanding collection of essays about his travels in Ireland.

Goodwill on Credit: Travels in Ireland

Goodwill on Credit, by Gerry Britt


I'm an artist, writer, musician, and technologist living in Scottsdale, Arizona.

I'm currently working on some E-books, focusing on technology for artists: Kinect Hacking for Artists and Open Sound Control for Artists.

I've some articles here, and you can read about some of my software projects as well

I like to see a strong Phoenix community of creative, inventive people, and helped start Refresh Phoenix (now sadly defunct), Ignite Phoenix, Refactor Phoenix, Barcamp Phoenix, AZ Hackers, and the Phoenix Ruby User Group.

I run Neurogami, an art+technology multimedia development company.

You can also find me at Google+, FriendFeed, Twitter,,, and probably a few other places.

To reach me, see my About page.