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README.md

Open Sound Control Web Bridge

Creates a simple bridge between your Web page and an OSC app or device.

.----------.              .----------------------.    .------------------.                 .----------.
| OSC  app | --tcp/udp--> | bridge.js OSC server | => | socket.io client | --websockets--> | web page |
`--(3334)--'              `-------( 3333 )-------'    `------------------'                 `----------'
     ^                                                                                          |
     |                                                                                          |
     |                                                                                          |
     |                .----------------------.    .------------------.                          |
     `---tcp/udp----- | bridge.js OSC client | <= | socket.io server | <-------websockets-------'
                      `----------------------'    `-----( 8081 )-----'

Introduction

OSC (Open Sound Control) is a protocol on top of UDP commonly used by audio applications. It could be seem as a /MIDI evolution/.

The objective of osc-web is to make possible to send and receive OSC messages on the Web browser. With this browser capability we could do interesting things like:

  • Connect OSC supported controllers to the Web browser
  • Use the Web browser as a controller to OSC supported applications (like Puredata, SuperCollider, Max/MSP, ...)
  • Create a Web /OSC proxy/ where people all over the world could connect yours OSC controllers or applications without complications with /port fordwarding/

History

Long time ago I was asking for awesome people on AudioXG about that and we come with some options:

  1. create a Firefox extension using nsISocketTransport
  2. create a kind of HTTP proxy (thanks @corban, @F1LT3R, @humph and yury!)

The first one works but seems to be a security hole (as yuri saids, no one wants UDP connections on its browsers). Now I'm trying the second alternative, using node.js and socket.io to create a bridge between OSC controllers/applications and the browser.

Prerequisites

  • Node.js
  • Socket.io
  • Some application (Puredata, Renoise, Reaktor, ...) or hardware controller that supports OSC

Installation

First of all, download and install Nodejs LTS from http://nodejs.org, then:

$ git clone git://github.com/automata/osc-web.git
$ cd osc-web/
$ npm install

Using

Run the bridge app on your machine (localhost):

$ cd osc-web
$ node bridge.js

An example is avaitable at web-side/app.html. Host this static asset the way you like:

$ cd web-side/
$ python -m SimpleHTTPServer 5000

Open your browser at http://localhost:500/app.html.

Now you can run your favorite OSC app/device and send OSC messages through port 3333. Those messages will be send to the HTML page by WebSockets.

Configure your favore OSC app/device to listen to OSC messages coming into port 3334. Any message sent by app.html (hit the button!) will be sent to your OSC app/device.

So, you can see the HTML page as an "OSC node", listening to messages on 3333 and sending messages to 3334.

Take a look at osc-side/ to examples of OSC apps.

Projects using it

Related solutions

  • npTuioClient: a NPAPI plugin implementing a TUIOClient clone
  • PookyTouch: similar to npTuioClient using Java-JS LiveConnect bridge
  • Lily's approach: some good notes. Also uses LiveConnect
  • MaxJax: OSC bridge using Python Twisted (just sending OSC)

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