This month we have two speakers -- Kirk Israel and Tristan Jehan.
Kirk Israel will talk about his new HTML5 audio wrapper library, lowLag:
Historically, game audio has been a tricky beast, and HTML5 is no exception. While multiple sound libraries exist, there isn't a single technology that provides low latency sound clip playback across the full range of browsers. I'll discuss what I found in my search and the library I finally developed: lowLag.js, a light weight wrapper that encapsulates and automagically selects the best of several approaches (Webkit Audio, the HTML5 audio tag, and SoundManager2's Flash plugin (with HTML5 fallback)) for fast and convenient sound effects in HTML5 games.
Our second speaker is Tristan Jehan, one of the founders of The Echo Nest. He'll be discussing their audio API, which focuses on analyzing music and has really interesting applications for music games:
The Echo Nest is a music intelligence company that provides a deep and granular level of musical information at scale, on both content and context. By listening to every song (tempo, rhythm, timbre, harmony), and reading every piece of music text online (blog posts, news, reviews), the "musical brain" constantly learns to reverse engineer music. Its knowledge on 35 million unique songs and 2 million artists was generated automatically and dynamically over the past 6 years. Through many examples and live demos, we demonstrate the power of big-data driven software in the context of personalized listening experiences and music creation, including music games, and remixing.