Music, Mathematics, and Code with Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Michael Smith is a software engineer turned musician—or is it the other way around? He’s worked for Google, Swiftkey, and fuboTV, all while staying active as a musician and actor on the side.

I wanted to talk to Michael about how he balances the two, and also about the creative side of coding, which sounds to so many of us like a highly uncreative activity. We also talk about just what an algorithm is, how he chose whether to focus on code or music, the mathematics of music, and why the delicate balance of math and music is so important to him.

I actually find that, throughout my life that when I’ve been worst off, is when I don’t feed both sides of my brain.

Michael Smith

Show links

The mathematics of a Bach cello suite


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