You know you’re a game programming geek when…


Last night I attended an incandescent performance by Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. In the middle of a particularly flamboyant piece of tabla virtuosity, I found myself thinking about the similarities between musical rhythms and game timing. Even the most complex polyrhythms are really just the same thing as a fixed timestep game loop that doesn’t match the monitor refresh rate, while many 19th century romantic compositions can be explained as the result of setting Game.IsFixedTimeStep = false.

It made sense to me at the time, anyway 🙂


Comments (3)

  1. trayle says:

    Music is ultimate form of human expression where the left and right side of the brain meet.  It is a form that is simultaneously creative and mathematical.

    Eg. Counterpoint:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterpoint

    It’s a musical algorithm!

  2. Machaira says:

    What were you doing at a concert? You must have slipped the chain to your computer. Back to work on the update, you! 😉 😀

  3. Mykres Space says:

    Here we go with another Weekly Roundup from the XNA World. 05-03-2007 Code Release George has posted

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