[flocking] Sonifying network traffic

Benny Lichtner bennlich at gmail.com
Thu Dec 3 22:16:19 UTC 2015

Thanks for the on-the-road reply, Colin!

The sequencer looks great. I'll see if I can get it to do what I want. I'm
totally happy to do some data shuffling / massaging to get it into a form
that flocking recognizes.

Thanks for the link to the floe project, too. That and the inclusive design
research center seem super interesting.


p.s. In the example you linked, I noticed that some awesome stuff starts to
happen if the durations in the pitch sequencer are different than those in
the gate sequencer :-)

On Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 2:15 PM, Colin Clark <colin at colinclark.org> wrote:

> Hi Benny,
> I'm on the road at the moment so a bit slow to send an in-depth response.
> But in the meantime, take a look at the flock.ugen.sequencer unit
> generator, which allows you to schedule value changes at particular times.
> It will be released in the 0.2.0 version of Flocking, but in the meantime
> you can use the master branch and check out the Playground demo here:
> http://flockingjs.org/next/demos/playground/#sequencer
> We're doing some sonification work with Flocking as part of the Floe
> Project (http://www.floeproject.org/).  So while Flocking doesn't
> currently have much in the way of high-level abstractions for sonifying
> different types of data, more support will be added in 0.2.0 and future
> releases.
> Colin
> On Dec 3, 2015, at 10:15 AM, Benny Lichtner <bennlich at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks, Mike! I'll take a look at that.
> In flocking, is there a way to create a ugen that emits impulses at
> specific times? For example, after 200, 220, and 1320 ms? I'm imagining I
> could use such a ugen as a gate for another synth.
> On Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 8:37 PM, Mike Winters <mikewinters at gatech.edu>
> wrote:
>> There's an WebAudio API made just for sonification stuff:
>> https://dtmdemo.herokuapp.com/
>> I wonder if it might be of any use.
>> Mike
>> On Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 8:25 PM, Benny Lichtner <bennlich at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Hey, flocking community! I thought it might be fun and interesting to
>>> use flocking to sonify some network traffic. To start simply, I'm just
>>> trying to create a series of blips, say, one per http request.
>>> Say I've got a list of 100 or so events with timestamps, and I want to
>>> turn each event into a single blip (all blips can sound the same for
>>> now--probably just some white noise or a sine oscillator with a percussive
>>> envelope). What are some good ways to go about this?
>>> I've scoured the docs, and it feels like what I'm looking for is a way
>>> to generate triggers at arbitrary times. Or do I want to use a polyphonic
>>> synth and use a scheduler to create a separate voice for each event?
>>> Seems like this can't be as hard as I'm making it out to be, but I'm
>>> stumped!
>>> --Benny
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