The Audicle : A Context-sensitive,
Audio Programming Environ/mentality
what is the Audicle? :
Many software environments have been developed for computer music.
Programming environments typically provide constructs to implement
synthesis or musical algorithms, whereas runtime environments allow
performers to exert parametric control over their programs onstage, in
real-time. We present a potentially new type of audio programming
environment that integrates the programmability of the development
environment with elements of the runtime environment. The result,
called the Audicle, is a duct-taped intersection of a concurrent smart
editor, compiler, virtual machine, and debugger, all running in the same
address space, sharing data, and working together at
runtime. We sometimes believe this augmentation has the potential to
fundamentally enhance the way we write and visualize audio programs both
offline and on-the-fly.
(see quick demo video)
Our model of the Audicle is integrated with the ChucK
programming language and inherits many of its fundamental properties,
including: decoupling of data-flow and time, concurrency, and modularity
for on-the-fly programming. The Audicle not only provides an amusing
class of programming tools for real-time composition and performances,
but also motivates a new type of on-the-fly programming aesthetic: one of
visualizing the audio programming process.