[chuck-users] EspGrid 0.42

Michael Heuer heuermh at gmail.com
Fri Jun 7 11:56:23 EDT 2013

Hello David,

This looks very cool.

The docs mention an esp.ck ChucK file and I see it in the 0.42 .zip
file but it is not in the source tree on Google Code.


On Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM, David Ogborn <ogbornd at mcmaster.ca> wrote:
> Dear friends,
> I am pleased to announce the official release of version 0.42 of the EspGrid
> software - the synchronization and sharing software for laptop ensembles I
> have developed around the Cybernetic Orchestra at McMaster, during the
> project "Scalable, Collective Traditions of Electronic Sound Performance"
> (supported by Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council,
> SSHRC).  The software and some additional helpful files (code/patches) can
> be downloaded here: http://esp.mcmaster.ca/EspGrid-0.42-OSX-10.7.zip
> Over the course of the past year, earlier versions of the software have been
> presented at the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, the Audio Engineering
> Society Convention in San Francisco, and most recently, the
> live.code.festival in Karlsruhe, Germany.  This 0.42 release is a "clean-up
> release" - with better stability and synchronization.  EspGrid has been
> developed around the ideas of neutrality and hybridity with respect to the
> languages and environments employed by laptop and live coding performers.
> The EspGrid application "sits in the background" and takes care of clock
> synchronization, to a large degree independent of the diverse and multiple
> "foreground" environments in which performers/creators work.  Another
> participant in the live.code.festival session (chair Alex McLean, if I
> recall correctly) provided a perfect example of the intent of the EspGrid
> software: three electronic musicians find themselves on a train together;
> despite all using different languages/tools to make their music, they each
> fire up EspGrid and instantly share a tight common clock and a metronome
> that anyone can control.  Jamming ensues...
> The EspGrid software is being made available to community as free and open
> source software (GNU public license version 3).  The code base of the
> software includes a large and growing number of unit tests, and development
> should proceed according to the principles of test-driven development.  The
> rudiments of a help/documentation system are in place.  Binary executables
> exist only for Mac OS X at the present moment but the Windows and Linux
> ports of the software are the highest, immediate priority following this
> release.  Windows and Linux users in mixed laptop ensembles don't need to
> wait for these ports however: there is a "side chain" mechanism that allows
> users/machines without a running grid to piggyback on a user/machine that is
> running the grid.
> To get/browse the source code, visit the software's Google code site at:
> http://code.google.com/p/espgrid
> Enjoy - and feel free to get in touch for help/issues with the software.  I
> hope that some of you will find this useful, and look forward to working
> with you on the (gradual) evolution of this tool!
> Yours truly,
> David
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> Communication Studies & Multimedia
> Director, Cybernetic Orchestra
> McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
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