Sema – Live Coding Language Design Playground
Sema is a playground where you can rapid prototype mini-languages for live coding that integrate signal synthesis, machine learning and machine listening.
Sema provides an online integrated environment that implements support for designing both abstract high-level languages and more powerful low-level languages.
Sema implements a set of core design principles:
Integrated signal engine – There is no conceptual split between the language and signal engine. Everything is a signal.
Single sample signal processing – Per-sample sound processing including techniques that use feedback loops, such as physical modelling, reverberation and IIR filtering.
Sample rate transduction – It is simpler to do signal processing with one principal sample rate, the audio rate. Different sample rate requirements of dependent objects can be resolved by upsampling and downsampling, using a transducer. The transducer concept enables us to accommodate a variety of processes with varying sample rates (video, spectral rate, sensors, ML model inference) within a single engine.
Minimal abstractions – There are no high-level abstractions such as buses, synths, nodes, servers, or any language scaffolding in our signal engine. Such abstractions sit within the end-user language design space.
Sema requires the following dependencies to be installed:
- Chrome browser or any Chromium-based browser (e.g. Brave, Microsoft Edge, Opera)
- Node.js version 8.9 or higher
- NPM cli OR Yarn
How to build and run the Sema playground on your machine
cd sema yarn yarn build yarn dev