Functional programming language for signal processing and sound synthesis (by grame-cncm)

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  • My Sixth Year as a Bootstrapped Founder
    5 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 16 Feb 2024
    Glicol looks very cool! Also check out Faust if you haven't (https://faust.grame.fr), another FP sound programming language.
  • Welcome to the Chata Programming Language
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 24 Dec 2023
    The linked (https://github.com/grame-cncm/faust) looks reasonable to me.

    Chata probably needs to work out roughly what the semantics of the language should be. Its good to know what the library support is intended to be as that informs language design (assuming the library is to be implemented in chata anyway). Quite a lot of this page is about syntax.

    There are some design decisions that have deep impact on programming languages. Reflection, mutation, memory management, control flow, concurrency. There are some implementation choices that end up constraining the language spec - python seems full of these.

    Echoing p4bl0, implementing the language will change the spec. Writing a spec up front might be an interesting exercise anyway. I'd encourage doing both at the same time - sometimes describe what a feature should be and then implement it, sometimes implement something as best you can and then describe what you've got.

    Implementation language will affect how long it takes to get something working, how good the thing will be and what you'll think about along the way. The usual guidance is to write in something familiar to you, ideally with pattern matching as compilers do a lot of DAG transforms.

    - I'd say that writing a language in C took me ages and forced me to really carefully think through the data representation.

    - Writing one in lua took very little time but the implementation was shaky, probably because it let me handwave a lot of the details.

    - Writing a language in itself, from a baseline of not really having anything working, makes for very confusing debugging and (eventually) a totally clear understanding of the language semantics.

    Good luck with the project.

  • Glicol: Next-generation computer music language
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 2 Sep 2023
  • Csound
    5 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 2 Sep 2023
    Csound is extremely powerful, but my favorite thing in this vein these days is Faust:


    It's a functional language with a nice way of generating diagrams of DSP algorithms, but its big killer feature for me is its language bindings, which include C, C++, Cmajor, Codebox, CSharp, DLang, Java, JAX, Julia, JSFX, "old" C++, Rust, VHDL, and WebAssembly (wast/wasm) out of the box.

    5 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 2 Sep 2023
    If you want to explore a more functional approach to sound generation, there is always Faust:


  • faust VS midica - a user suggested alternative
    2 projects | 12 Aug 2023
  • Where is a good place to get started with DSP coding?
    5 projects | /r/synthdiy | 22 Apr 2023
  • DIY pedal using Arduino and breadboard?
    2 projects | /r/diypedals | 7 Apr 2023
    Using more powerful hardware like this also gives you the option to branch out and use other tools, e.g. the popular Faust.
  • Ask HN: What audio/sound-related OSS projects can I contribute to?
    22 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 22 Mar 2023
    I heard of https://github.com/grame-cncm/faust a while back, probably via HN. It looks interesting and actively maintained, but I didn’t get a chance to play with it. There are many other libraries listed on GitHub awesome lists such as this one: https://github.com/ad-si/awesome-music-production#libraries
  • Ask HN: Is there a great DAG framework for Python?
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 16 Dec 2022
    Does Faust do what you want? It's a language specifically for digital signal processing, and has a wide variety of compile targets.


    > Faust (Functional Audio Stream) is a functional programming language for sound synthesis and audio processing with a strong focus on the design of synthesizers, musical instruments, audio effects, etc. created at the GRAME-CNCM Research Department. Faust targets high-performance signal processing applications and audio plug-ins for a variety of platforms and standards.

    > The core component of Faust is its compiler. It allows to "translate" any Faust digital signal processing (DSP) specification to a wide range of non-domain specific languages such as C++, C, LLVM bit code, WebAssembly, Rust, etc. In this regard, Faust can be seen as an alternative to C++ but is much simpler and intuitive to learn.

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