Fast-forward three years. I’d choked down my feelings and learned to code and built things and knew stuff that even my then-boyfriend-now-husband didn’t know. We sat on our couch one evening while I explained how AJAX worked. He leaned back and I leaned in, excited and trembling at the edge of my seat. I heard the words coming out of my mouth, watched them float in the air between us, blooming with buzzwords and jargon and pride and I burst into tears. I covered my face with my hands, hunched over and shook. I couldn’t believe I understood the words I was saying. This was going to work. Coding was going to work. Maybe I did belong.
If you missed it at Moogfest, you could have caught it at MAMI — Magenta’s Adam Roberts showed off the group’s latest music sequence generation. Roberts played a musical phrase on an MI-enabled illustration of a MiniMoog synth, which improvised on the theme. It may not have been ‘Trane but it was well-trained and reliably melodic.