[chuck-users] The ChucK Method Book

Adolfo Fitoria adolfo.fitoria at gmail.com
Sun Nov 7 09:31:03 EST 2010

On Sat, Nov 6, 2010 at 8:36 PM, Lucas Zawacki <lfzawacki at gmail.com> wrote:
> I agree with Nic here. I come from a programming background but when I
> started using ChucK I has little to no knowledge of audio synthesis,
> so while I could extract a lot of knowledge about the language from
> the manual and browsing the example code (which is great by the way) I
> really don't feel that I'm using all of ChucK's potential to create
> interesting audio pieces, mostly beeps and noises and stuff like that.
> In my opinion the pragmatic possibilities of such a book can be very
> interesting here in the ChucK universe. So please write this book and
> keep us posted!

Hi Zed!

Please do this! I have both programming and musical(classical guitar)
knowledge but I am having a hard time understanding chuck and sound
synthesis. LPTHW was a great book, I wish I could have it when I
started to learn Python.


> 2010/11/6 Nic Freed <beatthefinalboss at gmail.com>:
>> Just wanted to let you know I am still reading, and this book is amazing,
>> and should be sold for megabux$$$ ^_^
>> But seriously, it would be a dream come true for you to release a book like
>> this for chuck. The severe lack of material on ChucK as a language has led
>> me to read through a large manual, using it as my only source of
>> information, and not a reference guide, as it was intended to be. The manual
>> is a terrible choice for newbies to programming and audio synthesis because:
>> a. It is very dry and includes almost no examples
>> b. It assumes prior programming knowledge and understanding of many concepts
>> in music synthesis as well
>> For these two reasons alone, I must urge you, PLEASE make this book. It is
>> very sad that a language as amazing language like chuck lacks a
>> comprehensive guide for learning the language, from a
>> complete beginner's point of view.
>> Thank you so much for considering! :D
>> --Nic
>> PS When I finish the book, I will let you know which examples I found most
>> helpful, and which I think should be included in ChucK's book, if you are to
>> write it. It may take a while, because of school, but I will get through it
>> soon enough :)
>> On Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 9:38 PM, Nic Freed <beatthefinalboss at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Thanks a lot, awesome to meet you :D
>>> I will let you know once I get further into the book which exercises I
>>> found the most helpful, I will be happy to help :)
>>> --Nic
>>> On Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 8:39 PM, Zed A. Shaw <zedshaw at zedshaw.com> wrote:
>>>> On Fri, Nov 05, 2010 at 06:12:33PM -0500, Nic Freed wrote:
>>>> > Oh my gosh, I am reading that book now! You did an amazing job, and I
>>>> > am
>>>> > learning tons, thank you so much :)
>>>> Glad you like it.  It will definitely help you with ChucK, so let me
>>>> know what exercises you found the most useful.  Also let me know if you
>>>> get stuck at anything and I'll try to help.
>>>> --
>>>> Zed A. Shaw
>>>> http://zedshaw.com/
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