[chuck-users] Bay Area Computer Music Technology Group, Thursday March 6th @ Songbird

Noah Thorp noah at listenlabs.com
Mon Mar 3 19:14:26 EST 2008

The Bay Area Computer Music Technology Group
Thursday, March 6th, 7:30 - 9:30pm
@ Songbird (http://www.songbirdnest.com/)
585 Howard Street, Second Floor, SF
RSVP Here: http://electronicmusic.meetup.com/152/calendar/6921804/

Thanks to Songbird for hosting our event this month and for providing
Please RSVP here so we know you are coming:

Our presentations this month will be:
- Andy Schmeder (UC Berkeley CNMAT) on the Open Sound Control (OSC)
protocol. Other CNMAT OSC contributors will be in attendance to
contribute to the talk and field various questions.
- Jonas Norberg will present on his Open Source analogue synth VST
plugin - Helix. Learn more and hear some great samples at:
- Peter Nyober on the Livid instruments OHM controller:
- Presentation by The Pioneer's of the Inevitable on extending their
Mozilla based Songbird music media platform: http://www.songbirdnest.com/
- A lightning talk by you? (5 minute presentation - come with your laptop)

OSC Presentation
Since it's introduction in 1997 by CNMAT researchers Matt Wright and
Adrian Freed, the Open Sound Control (OSC) protocol has been
successfully integrated into dozens of hardware and software products,
and used in thousands of performances and installations.  OSC goes
beyond MIDI by addressing needs specific to musical performance with new
electronic instruments such as high-bandwidth connectivity, precise
temporal semantics and temporal regularization, extensibility and rich
type support, human readability and state-free operation.  The OSC
protocol itself has a simple structure making it easy to integrate into
new applications, but an appreciation for the underlying design
principles is necessary to leverage its full capabilities.

This talk will cover the basics of using and programming OSC with
demonstrations of hardware and software implementations.  We will then
dive into the details and discuss best-practices for creating OSC
implementations that relate to issues in musical control, with an
emphasis on temporal semantics and related algorithms. The conclusion
will include an overview of recent research and anticipated future

Additional talks by Jonas, Peter, and Songbird should be quite
interesting as well although there is less verbiage for them at this time.

All the best,
Noah Thorp
Bay Area Computer Music Technology Group Organizer


Andrew (Andy) Water Schmeder was born on November 26 1978 at home in
Point Richmond, California. He received a BA in Mathematics from UC
Berkeley (2002) and now works as a research programmer at the Center for
New Music and Audio Technologies, UC Berkeley. His favorite programming
language is Mathematica, and his favorite fruit is the avocado. His
heros are Spiderman and Marvin the Depressed Android.

Songbird is developed by a band of experienced, dedicated software
developers and designers called the Pioneers of the Inevitable. Their
previous hatchlings include Winamp and the Yahoo! Music Engine. They
support the Mozilla Foundation's mission to preserve innovation and
choice on the Internet. Their mission is to incubate Songbird, the first
Web player, to catalyze and champion a diverse, open Media Web.

Peter Nyober is Director of Software at Livid and manages all software
programming, design, and production. After years of audio manipulation,
Peter started to dive into the world of real-time video manipulation in
1999 when he designed a four screen video sampler for San Francisco's
Recombinant Media Labs to be used in that year's Ars Electronica
performance showcase. He has continued to create real-time interactive
software for audio and video manipulation, and has independently
produced a number of programs prior to working with Livid, including of
the first hybrid DJ/VJ software called Yowstar. He has also assisted in
a number of custom softwares, installations, and performances for a
number of artists, including Mix Master Mike, Ikue Mori, Thomas Dolby,
DJ Sasha, and Bob Ostertag. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a
degree in Applied Mathematics and has continued to apply them in code,
performance, and daily life.

Jonas Norberg was born in Hudiksvall, Sweden in 1977. After studying
music in Highschool he switched to Computing Science for University. In
the days (and some nights) he works as a software engineer at Lucasarts.
In his free time he develops a free software synthesizer and takes
weekly voice lessons.

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