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Okay. It's live. introducing: the candy crystal rainbow codex:

And the code:

more transmissions to come.

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Okay so

Hello. I'm @paul. I'm a musical hacker and sound designer interested in teaching computers how to sing. I spend most of my time working on software projects related to the field of computer music.

Some topics that amuse me:


My website:
My mirror website (hosted on GH):

OSX dev help 

Can someone help out a grumpy Makefile programmer?

I have this GLFW program I built on the command line using Makefiles, and I want to wrap it into one of those fancy .app launchers so that people don't have to go into the command line to launch it.

Is there a way to create one without porting the project to XCode or something like CMake?

It's just a prototype for internal use, so it doesn't have to be robust or anything.

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Folks! I'm looking to expand my musical vocabulary before my brain finishes developing because I read (and probably put too much stock in) a couple studies about how we learn to enjoy music!

So, what are your favorite albums/artists who are good exemplars of a given genre?

I sometimes feel like the least helpful Linux Audio user because I write all my software. "Oh? You need a plugin that does X? Well, here's some C code that does X. If you happen to find some LV2 sample code you could probably hack it into a plugin."

Film idea: a character study about Orpheus post-Eurydice in a contemporary setting.

All of the cold. None of the snow. Blech.

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A super-talented artist by the name of Stéphane Richard (known previously as Wootha) dropped a bunch of their work into the public domain.

How much?


#PublicDomain #HolyShit

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I'm happy to announce that #Retro #Forth 2021.1 is now complete. It's available at

A full changelog is included in the source, but a summary:

- conditionals now treat non-zero as true
- the full image is smaller
- several obscure bugs were fixed
- code and test block delimiters in Unu now user definable
- refactored the assembler
- refactored & expanded python implementation of Nga
- added a full python implementation of the build tools
- added a nim implementation of Nga

transmissions from the codex: magopau 

bogait shum zhujup gudaefyd see desh byc mewo zael.


expanse season 5 

Multiple ways to say "Inaros" this season apparently.

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The FOSS community should gather together all the different public domain universes(Lovecraft, Robin Hood, Dracula, all the pulp/noir characters, etc) and build some sort of dope expanded franchise/universe of free & open source games/movies/books/TV/other cool stuff.

Come on, you know you want this to happen :D

Or, to put it in more software engineering terms, the layering approach to sound design is like using brute force.

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I think in electronically based music production, there's always this common practice of layering many many simple elements together to make a complex sound. But, what if instead, the focus shifted towards making smaller, sparser ensembles with more complex behaviors built into each element? only 4 voices in a good room worked well for several centuries.

Here's what you can be doing instead of learning SOUL 

SOUL is a domain-specific language (DSL) for audio DSP. FAUST is an open source functional audio DSL that transpile to many targets, including C++, C, and yes SOUL code as well:

SOUL has been built in an attempt to make audio programming easier [citation needed]. If you're interested in learning how to do audio programming, start with processing audio files first, worry about realtime control and plugin stuff (much) later. They'll tell you to learn C++, but ANSI C is more than enough. libsndfile's sfprocess.c was *the* code for me helped me get where I am today:

Soundpipe is a portable collection of audio DSP algorithms written in C (I made this). If you're interested building synths and stuff, this will give you a good head start:

Plugin architectures like VST are a bloated mess. Building plugins for specific systems like Supercollider/PD is usually easier:

Apparently, SOUL has proprietary "special sauce" that allows them to leverage accelerated hardware. I can't help with this directly, but if you're interested in audio programming on embedded hardware, I highly recommend the Daisy platform:

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Here's what I'll be doing instead of learning SOUL 

Instead of learning SOUL, I'm going to be putting time into my own audio and music systems, which actually have these qualities:

100% Open source, no proprietary bits.

Not corporate-backed.

For unclever people (like myself).

With longevity in mind.

For art, not products.

Priest (2011) 

A few days ago I watched the cinematic experience known as Priest. I've been trying to come up with the words to describe it. I think I got it: confidently bad.

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Embedded a copy of my tangler inside of , so it should be way easier for people to tangle and use the DSP algorithms now:

git clone

make tangle

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Hello, I am in desperate need of a tutorial on using #arduino with purr data/ pure data on Linux, Mac and win.

Everything I'm trying is failing

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