[CM] Common Music Tutorial?

Bill Sack wsack@acsu.buffalo.edu
Wed, 19 Jun 2002 20:46:29 -0400

as Carl writes, learning some basic LISP is important. i'd also
recommend getting the html version of Steele's 'Common LISP the
Language, 2nd Edition' which can be downloaded from here:
then, if you have it stored locally, it's very easy to zip over and find
out 'what's this function do?' and 'what's the syntax for that?'

my only other piece of advice is to run the examples in the
etc/examples/processes.cm file - then hack on them, play with them,
break them and make them do different things. it's a good way to learn.

all best,

Carl Edwards wrote:
> > Maurizio wrote:
> > is there some Common Music 2.x Tutorial somewhere?
> > It's not so easy to learn the language thru the reference manual (imho).
> >
> > tia
> Maurizio,
> Hi, from someone in the same boat. =)
> There does not appear to be. There is a tutorial out there for an earlier
> version of CM's (dis-continued) "Stella" interface. There have been enough
> changes to the program that it may not be immediately practical as a
> step-by-step tutorial but you'll learn a great deal about what's going on
> "under the hood" in CM (I think). I found the section "Describing Music
> Algorithmically" extremely helpful. A Google search for "Stella Tutorial",
> "Music Lisp", and "Heinrich Taube" should find it without any problem.
> There is also an article (available on the net) by Peter Desain called "Lisp
> as a
> Second Language" which is illuminating about the practice of doing music in
> CLOS. Recommended highly. If you have any trouble finding it I'll be
> happy to send you a copy. Judging from the fact that Mr. Desain has
> published articles with Roger Dannenberg his orientation may be more to
> Nyquist but that is only a guess on my part.
> The Nyquist documentation is well worth taking a look at. It's more
> synthesis-oriented but,... "What the heck"?  ;-)
> If you haven't downloaded a copy of David Touretzky's "Common Lisp: A Gentle
> Introduction To Symbolic Computation" it is available in PDF format. It
> doesn't go into CLOS but it gets you started in Lisp fairly painlessly.
> And, of course if you want to converse about "baby steps"  give me a shout.
> My spare time this summer is devoted to Lisp and CM.
> I hope some of this is helpful.
> Carl Edwards
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Bill Sack