Themes from the 1st WAC (outline)

This is just an outline off the top of my head of all the cool stuff that happened at the 1st WAC at IRCAM and Mozilla Paris.
  • Distributed performance
    • talk / demo
    • Lissijous –> distributed
    • Technical questions
    • Compositional questsion—maybe latency is something to be embraced by the composer.
      • how much control to give the audience, when they are performers, how much room to allow for improvisation?
    • Design questions:
      • phone as an interface – do you want people to interact with each other?
  • Port DSP to Web
    • 3D audio custom HRTF (IRCAM)
    • Meyda – audio feature extraction library – inspired by the Yaffa library (Python / C++)
      • using jsfft library to do fft themselves
    • various environments for running / optimizing C++ code
      • asm.js (Jari Kleimola DAW plugins for web browsers)
    • AudioWorker will make this all much more accessible and standardized.
  • Port frameworks to the web
    • Csound and Faust with emscripten and potable data client
    • Tone.JS inspired by Ableton, Max/MSP etc but built with the web in mind
    • WebPD – two separate projects
    • Recently converted to Web Audio:
      • Earsketch – more powerful than Reaper, transitioned 1 year ago
        • reference DAW paradigm while learning Python and JS
        • MOOC
        • Why is web better? No installation hurdles. Essential for education. Plus, accessible from anywhere!
      • Sonoport
    • Cool Hacks to get things to work:
      • Sonoport
      • Tone.js
    • Chris Lowis’ keynote on the original of computer music at Bell Labs half a century ago, really hasn’t evolved that much. Simple principles:
      • flexible building blocks
      • allow extension
      • separate orchestra from score
    • Q: What about the web makes it different?
      • challenges described by Paul Adenot
  • Modular resources
    • IRCAM’s WAVES – common.js
    • BRAID – Web Audio UI builder, uses canvas.
      • idea: share instruments via central database
      • modular with npm
    • Open Music – not talked about

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