[CM] sndlib and extension languages

Joseph Anderson J.Anderson at hull.ac.uk
Tue Mar 23 13:01:10 PDT 2010

Hello Bill,

I suppose it is one of those "is it worth the effort" kinds of things.

>From my POV sndlib + the power of SciPy would be fantastic. Python has quite a wide user base--which would mean wider
exposure for sndlib.

Ctypes (http://docs.python.org/library/ctypes.html) is apparently one way of going about the task. I wouldn't say I'm really
up to the job, myself, more being a composer who hacks.

At the moment, w/ SciPy, I'm running into some irritation with the Matlab-like assumptions, and really missing proper
Music V family functionality.


Ok, so that's useful to know... they 'stole' the name xen...

My best,

Dr Joseph Anderson
Lecturer in Music

School of Arts and New Media
University of Hull, Scarborough Campus,
Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3AZ, UK

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-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Schottstaedt [mailto:bil at ccrma.Stanford.EDU]
Sent: Mon 03/22/2010 10:50 AM
To: Joseph Anderson; cmdist at ccrma.Stanford.EDU
Subject: Re: [CM] sndlib and extension languages
I don't have any plans to add python as an extension
language, but it's certainly a possibility.  I started
a port about 10 years ago, and still have the macros,
but they are probably obsolete.  

The "xen" name collision is unfortunate, but as far as
I know, I was using it first.  When I was casting about 
for a name, I google'd "xen" (actually this might have
preceded google -- I can't remember now how we searched
the net in the good old days), and did not find anyone
else using it. It's hard to find a name that is 
goggl-able and doesn't already have a bazillion 
takers -- even "CLM" which is apparently a well-known 
acronym for "Career Limiting Move" (example, punch the 
boss on the nose) -- I kind of like that collision.

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