[Csnd-dev] Fwd: [Acma-l] A possible programming project to consider

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[Csnd-dev] Fwd: [Acma-l] A possible programming project to consider

Michael Gogins-2
I'm forwarding this with the additional suggestion that the work be done in the general context of some widely used system such as Csound, Pure Data, Supercollider, HTML5, etc.

I have no experience with Dunn's programs, so can't offer any judgment of their quality. 

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From: Warren Burt <[hidden email]>
Date: Mon, Apr 2, 2018, 23:07
Subject: [Acma-l] A possible programming project to consider
To: <[hidden email]>
Cc: <[hidden email]>

Dear friends:

Here is a project that someone might be able to interest one of their
students, who is interested in programming for music, to take on:

For the past 30 years, John Dunn of Algorithmic Arts, has been developing
a series of software programs for controlling music with MIDI, making
computer graphics, and modifying text.  The final outcome of this work are
the programs ArtWonk and MusicWonk, which are available free at algoart.com.

John has stopped development of the programs because he has been having
severe vision problems, which has prevented him from doing programming
work.  He made the programs free because his vision problems prevent him
from doing ongoing maintenance on the programs.

What he would like to have happen is for someone to take on the task of
making the programs open source.  This would involve substantial rewriting
of the programs, which are written in the no longer supported Visual Basic
6, and rewriting a number of modules in the program, such as the computer
graphics modules, which at the moment are using proprietary software.   It
would also be very nice if the programs, which are currently PC only,
could also be made compatible with Mac and Linux operating systems.  The
reward would be that one would be making some very sophisticated and
valuable tools available to the international open-source community, and
the keeping alive of the wonderful compositional possibilities of this

If you, or one of your students would be interested in this project, they
(or you) could contact John on [hidden email] or me at
[hidden email].

Thanks for considering this offer, and for spreading it widely on your

Cheers and best wishes,

Warren Burt

Warren Burt
PO Box 1046
Daylesford, VIC, 3460

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