Full-stack JavaScript framework for distributed WebAudio and multimedia applications.

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soundworks follows a client / server architecture where the server is written using Node.js and clients can be either regular browser clients or Node.js clients running for example on a Raspberry Pi.


The core of the framework is very minimal and dedicated at handling:

  • Http(s) server and basic routing
  • WebSockets initialization
  • Processes initialization
  • Distributed state management

soundworks can be extended with plugins to reuse common logic such as audio file loading, clock synchronisation, etc. Each plugin leaves in a separate repo for better modularity and to simplify version management.


Note: most of the time you won't need to install soundworks manually, consider using the application template instead.

npm install @soundworks/core

Application Template

The simplest way to start a new soundworks application is using the application template:

Academic Papers

  • Benjamin Matuszewski. A Web-Based Framework for Distributed Music System Research and Creation. AES - Journal of the Audio Engineering Society Audio-Accoustics-Application, Audio Engineering Society Inc, 2020. <hal-03033143>
  • Benjamin Matuszewski. Soundworks - A Framework for Networked Music Systems on the Web - State of Affairs and New Developments. Proceedings of the Web Audio Conference (WAC) 2019, Dec 2019, Trondheim, Norway. <hal-02387783>
  • Benjamin Matuszewski, Norbert Schnell, Frédéric Bevilacqua. Interaction Topologies in Mobile-Based Situated Networked Music Systems. Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2019, 2019, pp.9142490. ⟨10.1155/2019/9142490⟩. <hal-02086673>
  • Norbert Schnell, Sébastien Robaszkiewicz. Soundworks – A playground for artists and developers to create collaborative mobile web performances. `Proceedings of the Web Audio Conference (WAC'15), 2015, Paris, France. <hal-01580797>


soundworks has been initiated by Norbert Schnell, Sébastien Robaszkiewicz, and Benjamin Matuszewski at the ISMM team at Ircam - Centre Pompidou in the framework of the CoSiMa research project supported by the French National Research Agency (ANR).

Futher developments has been supported in the framework of:

  • The RAPID-MIX project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program
  • The Ircam project BeCoMe
  • The Constella(c)tions residency of the STARTS program of the European Commission.

Development is pursued, led by Benjamin Matuszewski, in the Interaction Music Movement Team from the Ircam's STMS-LAB.