Background

Teacher, sound engineer and musician. I studied a sound engineering and composition BA, followed by a PGCE and PGDip in Music Education. I’ve worked in theatres, studios and schools as well as touring with bands and releasing recorded music.

Why are you attending the Coding Fellowship?

I’m really attracted to the idea of having fascinating, stimulating, flexible work in a thriving industry.

What role are you looking for after the Coding Fellowship? Where do you see yourself in the future?

I’d like to get more experience in an agency before eventually going freelance. I’d love to link my sound design and composition back into this, building creative applications for use in music and performance.

What was your coding experience before the Coding Fellowship?

I sweated over Supercollider – a language designed for sound synthesis – for a year, about five years ago, but eventually gave up as I didn’t have the knowledge base to get it off the ground. I then moved onto MAXMSP – a visual programming language for music – which got me to think like a programmer, if not write actual code. Despite getting along with this very well, it definitely made me think that writing code was a much more elegant system for building things – so I carried a little flame for the idea of becoming a coder for quite a while.

How have you found the Fellowship so far?

Brilliant, frequently overwhelming, occasionally frustrating, always stimulating. I’m having a wonderful time. The teachers are very knowledgeable and experienced and are a pleasure to work with.

What have you enjoyed most?

Javascript and the thought process that goes into solving abstract problems. The experience of getting a grasp on some pretty abstract ideas then trying to combine and manipulate them in your head. I also love the atmosphere here at Developme HQ. The other students on the cohort are wonderful people to spend time with and there’s a real culture of humour and mutual support.

What have you found hardest?

Probably the fact that we have to move to a new topic each week or fortnight. We’re covering a huge amount in a relatively short time so we’re having to get comfortable with immersion in a particular language then having faith that if we put it down we’ll be able to pick it back up when we need to.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of attending the Fellowship?

The course is a huge commitment – in terms of time, energy and money – so it ultimately has to be taken very seriously. It’s a huge challenge but an incredibly rewarding one too. Do some free courses online, and if coding appeals to you, I can’t think of a better way of going from novice to professional in such a short time.

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