Orca

Introduction

Orca is an esoteric programming language, designed to create procedural sequencers in which each letter of the alphabet is an operation, where lowercase letters operate on bang, uppercase letters operate each frame.

The application is not a synthesizer, but a flexible livecoding environment capable of sending MIDI, OSC & UDP to your audio interface, like Ableton, Renoise, VCV Rack or SuperCollider. You can also use Pilot, a companion application to ORCA.

Marabu, Orca's predecessor was created while in French Polynesia in 2017. Orca came into being in 2018-2019, its production spanning over 3 countries: Fiji, The Marshall Islands and Japan.

Sustainability

We create our own tools, built light to reduce our energy use, also to lessen our dependence on closed-source applications we can't repair ourselves.

Read more about our design philosophy

Orca

Orca, reimagined as a creature.

Download

You can view the sources, or download builds for OSX, Windows and Linux here:

Web version

It is now possible to use Orca in your browser, without the need to install it as an application.

The reason we did this, is because Apple plans to stop allowing the distribution of applications outside of the AppStore. Another reason is we want to ensure that users — us included — have access to these tools no matter what. We want our ecosystem of tools to be...

Use Orca Live

Donations

Because Orca Live isn't available through a client, it is harder to receive donations. Donations mean we can spend time improving this tool, and offering support when needed.

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Tutorial

Each letter of the alphabet is an operation, lowercase letters operate on bang, uppercase letters operate each frame.

To learn more:

If you need some help:

If you're looking for a portable distribution, visit Orca-c. If you're looking for the library for your Monome Norns, visit Orca Norns.

Watch a short video of Devine performing with ORCA at Algomech 2019.

Workshops

If you want to organize an ORCΛ workshop in your area, let us know and we'll be happy to share it, but please do not charge attendees for access to the workshop.

Keep an eye out for upcoming workshop dates

Hundredrabbits is open to hosting workshops, for travel opportunities contact us at

Visual

You can change the look and colour of Orca.

To do this, download themes. You can view the colour palettes of each theme in the preview, once you find something you like, drag the file(.svg file) onto Orca. The colours will change instantly.

These themes are part of the Ecosystem Theme, which means that you can apply a theme to any supported app (Left, Donsol, Dotgrid and Ronin).

You can also create your own themes.

Extras

This application supports the Ecosystem Theme. See the License file for license rights and limitations (MIT). Pull Requests are welcome, but please read our design philosophy first.

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