Chapter 0. Introduction: ChucK programming for artists

This chapter covers

  • Why do artists need to program?
  • What is ChucK?
  • Why program in ChucK?
  • Why do we and others use ChucK?
  • Some of our own computer-mediated artworks

For many years, the words musician and artist have been changing meaning, rapidly, almost daily, largely due to the introduction of computer technology. Artists perform live with computer technology all the time. The ones who interact directly with computers as part of their performances might call themselves DJs, laptop artists, controllerists, live coders, and a host of other names. Many of these musicians don’t program or write software, but an increasing number want more direct control over their process and the results. ...

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