This person is a wizard and I *really* appreciate the amount of effort put into documenting the design and implementation struggles of their craft. https://mitxela.com/projects/flash_synth
vcvrack (https://vcvrack.com/) seems really great. Looking forward to pairing it up with Orca!
@icco Ahhh I see. I thought maybe there were more recursers lurking!
@icco What stream did you hear about merveilles in?! I want to join!
@neauoire Do you have a prettier config you use? I often accidentally make a bunch of changes by autowriting with prettier when working on Orca/Enfer/Pilot.
@neauoire What browser are you using Enfer from? Firefox doesn't support MIDI devices and Chrome seems to think the webpage is trying to auto-play music and forbidding the creation of an AudioContext.
@neauoire Yup. I'm throwing in a caveat that's basically "If you have a thing that turns MIDI into sound already, everything here still applies and you can skip a lot of the setup".
@neauoire I'm working on my "Intro to Orca" blog posts, currently for ease of use I recommend people use Pilot, and tailor my setup to that. Should I switch over to Enfer instead?
An underrated way to draw images (at least stills) programmatically is probably (PPM)[http://netpbm.sourceforge.net/doc/ppm.html]. It doesn't get much simpler than that. The main drawbacks are that now you have to have an image viewer next to your code (Preview isn't the most glorious of programs but gets the job done) and the files are *giant*.
Btw, on any x86 you can still stay in real mode on boot & use the bios 0x10 routines, which provide the same basic facilities as the graphics routines in qbasic.
That's probably the easiest way to draw a pixel on the screen: don't use an OS, and write 6 lines of asm or 2 of qbasic.
@paul @alcinnz @neauoire @eel @stephen that's a fair point! As a programmer, the complexity of graphics is alluring (I've built a ray tracer for fun, I get it!). What's *not* alluring is coming at it from the angle of someone who wants to use language to create visual art. There, it feels like a slog more than I think it should.
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