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Web Audio Conference 2016 proceedings

If you, like me, won’t attend the conference, the proceedings have been published: https://smartech.gatech.edu/handle/1853/54577/browse?type=title

Note how I showed the whole URL to the proceedings instead of just linking “the proceedings” to the proceedings list.

Here’s where I rant: the Web Audio Conference needs a number of things, of which I will just enumerate two today, because I’m in a hurry:

  • Have a stable home. That the website keeps changing servers and paths from year to year is just ridiculous, and mega awful for archival purposes. They said they were attempting to formalise Web Audio literature by archiving them in papers. Then they scatter them all over the Internetssss.
  • Really be Web. Not just “Web” as it is right now. Clicking on a “proceeding” brings you to a PDF paper.  A! PDF! PAPER! This is not the Web. PDF does not belong to the web. Do you know what belongs to the Web? HTML in websites I can just access from within my browser.

Enough free advice for today 😛

A peek at Peer to Peer

It’s incredible how time flies and how changing the weather can be! Today’s a sweet bright slightly chill Monday in London, whereas last week it was VERY COLD and horrible.

I also happened to spend most of Monday in a studio in Islington recording my Peer to Peer session on… guess what… Web Audio!

The host was Drew Neil, from Vimcasts fame. He set a challenge for me that consisted in writing a system that could perform an interpretation of Steve Reich’s “Clapping Music“.

It’s a simple concept, but it also involves a lot of different techniques and APIs so it was quite a lot of fun!

Sadly you’ll have to wait at least a couple of months until the editing and subtitling is done. Until then… maybe you want to check out the existing videos!

UPDATE, about 15 minutes later: it’s grey and raining now. ???

No more tap tap tap sounds: yay!

A few days ago the fantastic Fritz from the Netherlands told me that my Hands On Web Audio slides had stopping working and there was no sound coming out from them in Firefox.

Which is pretty disappointing for a slide deck that is built to teach you about Web Audio!

I noticed that the issue was only on the introductory slide which uses a modified version of Stuart Memo’s fantastic THX sound recreation-the rest of slides did play sound.

I built an isolated test case (source) that used a parameter-capable version of the THX sound code, just in case the issue depended on the number of oscillators, and submitted this funnily titled bug to the Web Audio component: Entirely Web Audio generated sound cuts out after a little while, or emits random tap tap tap sounds then silence.

I can happily confirm that the bug has been fixed in Nightly and the fix will hopefully be “uplifted” to DevEdition very soon, as it was due to a regression.

Paul Adenot (who works in Web Audio and is a Web Audio spec editor, amongst a couple tons of other cool things) was really excited about the bug, saying it was very edge-casey! Yay! And he also explained what did actually happen in lay terms: “you’d have to have a frequency that goes down very very slowly so that the FFT code could not keep up”, which is what the THX sound is doing with the filter frequency automation.

I want to thank both Fritz for spotting this out and letting me know and also Stuart for sharing his THX code. It’s amazing what happens when you put stuff on the net and lots of different people use it in different ways and configurations. Together we make everything more robust 🙂

Of course also sending thanks to Paul and Ben for identifying and fixing the issue so fast! It’s not been even a week! Woohoo!

Well done everyone! ??

On Loop 2015

I was invited to join a panel about Open Source and Music in Loop, an slightly unusual (for my “standards”) event. It wasn’t a conference per se, although there were talks. Most of the sessions were panels and workshops, there were very little “individual” talk tracks. Lots of demos, unusual hardware to play with in the hall, relaxed atmosphere, and very little commercialism—really cool!

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“The disconnected ensemble”, at JSConf.Budapest

Here I am in Budapest (for the first time ever ?)! I’m back in the hotel after having a quick dinner on my own. I didn’t join the party because I had a massive headache and also I was getting so sleepy, no coffee could fight that (also probably the two things were related). But once I started wandering towards my hotel I found myself feeling so much better, and stumbled upon a cosy nice place and ended up stopping there for some food.

When I came back from the speakers’ dinner yesterday, I practiced setting up all my stuff and going through the demos again, which are in fact ran on real, physical devices, i.e. phones.

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