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    node-tidal

    Node.js interface for TidalCycles. TidalCycles is open source software allows you to make patterns with code and is typically used for live coding music at algoraves.

    What does this library do?

    This library supports the following interactions with TidalCycles:

    • Sending controller input OSC messages to TidalCycles
    • Listening to standard or custom OSC messages from TidalCycles
    • Listening to tempo messages from TidalCycles
    • Listening to RMS messages from SuperDirt

    Installation

    yarn add @vliegwerk/tidal
    

    or

    npm install @vliegwerk/tidal --save
    

    Basic usage

    The following code can be used to start listening to TidalCycles' OSC messages:

    const Tidal = require('@vliegwerk/tidal')
    const tidal = new Tidal()
    
    tidal.on('ready', () => {
    	// Listening to messages from TidalCycles
    })
    
    tidal.on('message', message => {
    	// Received a message from TidalCycles
    })
    
    tidal.on('error', err => {
    	// Error occured
    })
    

    This code creates a new Tidal instance which depends on the osc.js library for initializing UDP ports for sending and receiving OSC messages. The argument of the event listener contains a Javscript object version of the OSC message sent by TidalCycles. For example:

    {
        cps: 0.5625,
        cycle: 43,
        delta: 1.7777776718139648,
        orbit: 0,
        s: 'bd'
    }
    

    Please note that the orbit numbering starts at 0 in these messages. So, orbit 1 (e.g. # orbit 1) in TidalCycles will appear as orbit: 0 in these messages.

    The following code can be used to send controller input OSC messages to TidalCycles:

    tidal.cF('myFloat',1.0) // to send a float
    tidal.cI('myInt',1) // to send an integer
    tidal.cS('myString','Hello TidalCycles!') // to send a string
    tidal.cP('myPattern','[0,5,7]') // to send a parseable pattern (e.g. a pattern for n)
    

    For more examples, see the examples folder in the node-tidal repository on GitHub.

    Configuration

    By default, your Tidal instance will listen for OSC messages on port 57120 which is the standard port used by TidalCycles to send OSC messages to SuperDirt/SuperCollider for producing sound. You can tell TidalCycles to use another port number and/or send (custom) OSC messages to multiple targets by updating your BootTidal.hs file. For more details, see the TidalCycles documentation.

    Specify the UDP ports to use for communicating with TidalCycles when creating an instance of Tidal in your code:

    const tidal = new Tidal({
    	inAddress: '127.0.0.1',
    	inPort: 9000,
    	outAddress: '127.0.0.1',
    	outPort: 6010
    })
    

    TidalCycles sends out its OSC messages ahead of the time that the sound event should actually happen. Your Tidal instance will emit the message event immediately after receiving an OSC message from TidalCycles which means you need to handle this interval by yourself, for instance by using the setTimeout function to delay processing of the incoming message.

    Another option is to tell TidalCycles to send the OSC messages in time by setting oSchedule of the OSC target to Live.

    The following snippet taken from a BootTidal.hs file can be used to configure two OSC targets, one standard SuperDirt target on port 57120 for sound processing by SuperDirt/SuperCollider, and another custom OSC target on port 9000 for this library where message are sent in time (oSchedule = Live).

    :{
    tidal <- startStream defaultConfig [
               (superdirtTarget {oLatency = 0.1, oAddress = "127.0.0.1", oPort = 57120}, [superdirtShape])
             , (Target {oName = "node-tidal", oAddress = "127.0.0.1", oPort = 9000, oLatency = 0.2, oWindow = Nothing, oSchedule = Live}, [superdirtShape])
             ]
    :}
    

    Please note that you can also define your own OSC message structure instead of using the standard superdirtShape. For examples, see the TidalCycles documentation.

    By default, your Tidal instance will emit message events for the standard SuperDirt /play2 OSC messages. You can configure a custom OSC address pattern using the addressPattern option when instantiating your Tidal instance:

    const tidal = new Tidal({
    	inAddress: '127.0.0.1',
    	inPort: 9000,
    	addressPattern: '/myaddresspattern'
    })
    

    Network tempo sharing

    TidalCycles supports network tempo sharing which allows you to synchronize multiple computers running TidalCycles.

    The following configuration will make your Tidal instance listen for these tempo messages:

    const Tidal = require('@vliegwerk/tidal')
    const tidal = new Tidal({
    	listenTempo : true
    })
    
    tidal.on('tempo', message => {
    	console.log(message)
    })
    

    Tempo messages are sent directly after connecting to the tempo server, and whenever you evaluate the setcps or resetCycles functions in TidalCycles.

    The following Javascipt object is an example of the data that's available on a tempo event:

    {
        atCycle: 173.8507843017578,
        cps: 0.699999988079071,
        paused: 0
    }
    

    SuperDirt RMS messages

    This library can listen for RMS readings sent by SuperDirt. These messages can be used to build VU meters. To enable listening to RMS messages, you should first run the following code in SuperCollider before starting SuperDirt:

    s.options.maxLogins = 8;
    

    And the following code after starting SuperDirt (e.g. with SuperDirt.start):

     ~dirt.startSendRMS;
    

    Please make sure this code has been evaluated in SuperCollider before initializing your Tidal class.

    The following configuration will make your Tidal instance listen for SuperDirt's RMS messages:

    const Tidal = require('@vliegwerk/tidal')
    const tidal = new Tidal({
    	listenRms : true
    })
    
    tidal.on('rms', message => {
    	console.log(message)
    })
    

    The following Javascipt object is an example of the data that's available on an rms event:

    {
      orbit: 0,
      channels: [
        { peak: 0.31483814120292664, power: 0.04383470118045807 },
        { peak: 0.1453121155500412, power: 0.01931002549827099 }
      ]
    }
    

    This message contains the peak and power value per channel for an orbit. In this case, the message contains the peak and power values for the left and the right channel for orbit 1.

    Extras

    • Install your TidalCycles environment by following the instructions found in the TidalCycles documentation.
    • For a basic project using this library, see tidal-pilot.
    • The code for listening to SuperDirt's RMS messages is based on the implementation of the VU meters in Alex McLean's Feedforward editor for TidalCycles.
    • See the License file for license rights and limitations (MIT).
    • Pull Requests are welcome!

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    npm i @vliegwerk/tidal

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