MiniTidal

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  • MiniTidal (and Estuary)

MiniTidal is a parser for TidalCycles that was created to be used in the zero-installation web-browser-based collaborative platform Estuary. Estuary allows TidalCycles (as well as other live coding languages) to be used in the web browser, without installing any software. This is particularly useful in workshop sitations where time can be spent on examples and play instead of installation (and participants may not wish to, or may not be able to, install software on the machines at their disposal) - and is also useful in situations where distributed collaboration is desired (for example, two people jamming with Tidal from different locations via the Internet). Because MiniTidal is part of the Tidal codebase, and because Tidal's Haskell code is used in building Estuary, newly developed Tidal features can often be made available through Estuary with minimal extra work.

From the perspective of someone using them, the main difference between Tidal and MiniTidal (in Estuary) is that they don't need to address a specific layer/stream with d1, d2, etc when using MiniTidal (because each code box in Estuary already targets a specific layer/stream of event generation). Consider the following example:

``` d1 $ s "bd cp" -- using Tidal via a Tidal installation, Atom plugin, etc s "bd cp" -- the same thing in MiniTidal/Estuary ```

You can try it right now here - the use of the Chrome or Chromium (open-source) browsers is REQUIRED: https://intramuros.mcmaster.ca

More details about, and support for, the larger Estuary system are available elsewhere. This page, however, is the primary home for information about MiniTidal - what it supports and what it doesn't (yet). The hope is that everything people do with "standard" TidalCycles installations can be done with MiniTidal/Estuary - and the list of what is supported (below) suggests that this goal is eminently attainable. If you discover particular examples that don't work with MiniTidal and you would like them to work, please bring them to the attention of the Estuary and/or TidalCycles developers in any of the following ways:

- in the #tidal or #estuary channels on https://talk.lurk.org - by filing an issue on https://github.com/TidalCycles/Tidal tagging @dktr0 - by private message to @dktr0 on https://talk.lurk.org

    • Tidal/Haskell functions/operators currently supported by MiniTidal (with notes about any known caveats/limitations):

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TidalCycles idioms definitely not currently supported by MiniTidal: anything involving Haskell function composition (ie. the . operator) [coming soon] transitions [coming eventually]