After all, there’s already at least the following :
-Photosounder (thanks ScottAC for reminding me about that 😉 )
Well. I’ve tried them all and find them all disappointing/unsuitable for various reasons. So much as with HourGlass, the already existing offerings just don’t suit my personal wishes how such an app should work.
The goal of the “Graphical synthesizer” app project would be to modernize all the good parts of the UPIC system designed by the composer Iannis Xenakis. (Guess who I got my nickname from…) The original incarnations of the system obviously had all kinds of flaws and limitations which don’t need to be reimplemented. (Like limits in the number of objects that the scores can contain or the option to only use terribly aliased(*) sounding oscillators.)
So this isn’t going to be a project to exactly emulate what the UPIC did, but to consider carefully what it did and continue in that same spirit. I don’t need nonsense like controlling video or other media or reinvent the concept of the musical timeline, which is what the Iannix people have done. Built-in sound generation is obviously a must, though sending OSC messages out of the graphical score will also very likely be implemented. (In fact the current plan at the moment is to implement OSC messages playback out of the graphical score and use something like Vesa Norilo’s Kronos or CSound to generate the test sounds.)
This thing will be a side-project of a sorts for now, so don’t expect anything concrete to play with for a few months at least. I will also continue working on HourGlass, a new build might appear within the next 2 weeks or so.
(*) Aliasing can make a good sound but only when it’s optional.