We're happy to mentor computer science student Saachi Kaup this summer, who will be working from her home city of Mumbai as part of our Algorithmic Pattern project. Saachi has been awarded funds for this as part of the Summer of Haskell programme, funded via the Haskell Foundation, supporting. This programme supports students and other newcomers with a stipend and mentorship to make their first open source contributions.
Saachi will be looking into representing Mandala patterns with Haskell, integrated with our TidalCycles environment for visualising musical patterns (or perhaps, sonifying visual mandala patterns). In her proposal, Saachi pointed out that visualisations of TidalCycles patterns tend to be linear, and it will be interesting to see what happens when you take a more cyclic approach, inspired by this fine Indian tradition of Mandala patterns. This might well connect well with the previous Summer project we mentored by Aravind Mohandas, who worked on representing South Indian Konnakol rhythms. Saachi is just getting started, but already talking about taking a turtle graphics approach, inspired by the venerable logo. We're looking forward to seeing and working with the results!