Addressing Software Using Osc Messages

We propose a style of programming in which the entire
functionality of each software module is addressable through
OSC messages. Advantages of this style include the following:

  1. The OSC namespace for each module explicitly names all of that module’s features. This can enable software to be self-documenting and transparent in its functionality.

  2. The entire functionality of each module is accessible via a single control mechanism: incoming OSC messages. In graphical languages such as Max/MSP and Pd, this allows even the most complex objects to have a single control inlet, reducing the clutter and confusion of connecting to multiple inlets (Figure 1). As a module’s functionality grows, no structural changes (such as adding more inlets) are required; the programmer simply expands the module’s OSC namespace.

3 . If the components of a complex system already communicate among themselves exclusively with OSC messages, then it becomes very easy to move some of the components to other computers to form a distributed local area network system. <------- B)

  1. Certain OSC messages can be standardized across different modules. For example, the message “/gain” with a floating point argument can be used in many different synthesis and processing components to change gain; the message “/namespace” can trigger any module to display its OSC namespace; the message “/go” followed by the argument 1 or 0 can be used to turn on and off the processing in the module; and the message “/init” can
    initialize a module.

By sending the “/namespace” message to the Max/MSP patch above the user is presented with this list of OSC messages and can quickly learn how to control the patch:
1, /go int turn processing on and off;
2, /rate float play rate;
3, /set-position float between 0 and 1 sets position
from start to end;
4, /gain float sets gain;
5, /SDIF-tuples anything talks to SDIF-tuples;
6, /SDIF-buffer symbol sets SDIF-buffer for
7, /sinusoids~ anything talks to sinusoids~;
8, /namespace bang opens this collection;

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