[PD-dev] pddp style guide

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Thu May 5 01:33:25 CEST 2005

On May 4, 2005, at 7:08 AM, Anton Woldhek wrote:

>> sure, they are great resource, mostly for learning about Max
>> peculiarities, but with nice introductory parts, esp. in msp tuts.
>> However, there are musicians, new to technology, which are
>> lost if left on their own with Max tutorials, and there are
>> advance hackers, which find them naive and bad style.
> Ok, so lets drop the port idea then.
> So what can we offer newbies that find the currenct documentation too
> difficult (millers book)?
> Is a text that deals with pd pecularities necessary. What level of dsp
> knowledge should it assume?
> Id like to be able to make a stronger case for pd vs. max at school:  
> besides
> the pro's that are allready there, platforms, licence, freedom etc  
> etc. (I
> don't have to preach to the choir im assuming).
> I still like the idea of a 'mikrokosmos for pd'. Anybody else too?

Yes, mikrokosmos for Pd is a great example (I assume you are talking  
about Bela Bartok's Mikrokosmos, which he wrote for his kids to learn  
piano).  I started some sketches along those lines that I call "play  
now".  The idea was a set of patches with most of the guts hidden with  
a clear, straightforward interface.  The total newbie could then open  
the first patch and basically instantly start controlling the sound in  
real time.  As they learned more, they could open the [pd guts] to see  
what's going on inside.



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