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What is Flocking?

Flocking is an audio synthesis toolkit that runs inside your Web browser. It doesn't require Flash or any other proprietary plugins. Written entirely in JavaScript, Flocking is designed for artists and musicians building creative Web-based sound projects. It works in Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Node.js on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android.

Unlike comparable synthesis libraries, Flocking is declarative. Its goal is to promote a uniquely community-minded approach to instrument design and composition. In Flocking, unit generators are wired together using a simple JSON-based specification, making it easy to save, share, and manipulate your synthesis algorithms. Send your synths via Ajax, save them for later using HTML5 local data storage, or algorithmically produce new instruments on the fly.

Because it's just JSON, every instrument you build using Flocking can be easily modified and extended by others without forcing them to fork or cut and paste your code. This declarative approach will also help make it easier to create new authoring, performance, and social tools on top of Flocking.

Flocking was inspired by the SuperCollider desktop synthesis environment. If you're familiar with SuperCollider, you'll feel at home with Flocking.

Flocking is distributed under both the MIT and GPL licenses.