Here on Plotting Plots, I try to make the case that computationality and the humanities go hand in hand. Not just for literature, but in music too. While watching the Netlix show Rapture about Just Blaze‘s rise in the music industry, I was excited to learn his father was a computer scientist who passed on his passion for hardware, software, and creativity to his son.
Blaze explains in a 2013 article just how his love of computers sent him into another orbit early in his career:
“It took a lot of time, a lot of trial and error, and quite a bit of money, but I was able to fashion my own Pro Tools rig that ran off an old Powerbook,” explained Just. “I used to roll it into sessions and engineers would look at me like I was from another planet because nobody had anything like this in New York, or in the business, at all.”
I’d love to see what new possibilities emerge in K-12 computer science if we were to do more to promote coding as a method of creativity and critical thinking across subjects–including ELA and music classes.
Note: This post is cross-posted on tomliamlynch.com and originally appeared as part of Tom’s Grandgrind’s project.