This was the unusually festive atmosphere for a mid-term examination I took in 2010 in Professor Sha Xin Wei's "Matter and Media" class in the Design and Computational Arts program of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
The exam problem started with the creation of a recipe for a dish or drink without using traditional verbal/written language. For example, for a cocktail drink, one team colored segments along a string to represent the relative amounts of each liquid required. The test required other members of the class to make the recipe and evaluate the result.
I chose to create a recipe for one of my favorite italian dishes describing it using the OSC (Open Sound Control) Encoding.
OSC is a popular digital encoding for media control including DAWs, sound synthesizers, lighting controllers, mixing consoles and spatial sound systems.
OSC messages were designed for efficient processing by computers. The specification of OSC largely concerns itself with an unambiguous punctuation with comparable goals to western language punctuation conventions which evolved from the need to guide people in the reading of latin texts written without any.
Alexis Emelianoff was kind enough to cook the dish in the busy kitchen of our teacher's apartment.
We quickly ran out of clean cutlery, so here you see that the dish was enjoyed with chopsticks
Italian Oregano, Bay Leaves and Tomatoes are all good optional additions. If fresh Porcini's are ready to harvest where you live, you may be able to pick a few fresh Bay leaves too. Dice a few tomatoes or cut a few baby tomatoes in half. The idea is to complement the mushrooms not bury them in a tomato sauce.