Last night, I coincidentally stumbled across the development blog for TamTam, “a suite of three applications / activities developed for the $100 laptop.” [source] The program is implemented using Python and PyGTK, and utilizes Csound as its synthesis engine. The TamTam GUI appears to be very user-friendly, and reminds me of a simplified version of Max/MSP combined with a midi sequencer.
The OLCP is, among other things, a musical instrument. The fact that this musical instrument is going to make its way into the hands of children spanning dozens of cultures fascinates me to no end.
As a side note, I can’t help but think of the NAVI computer in Serial Experiments Lain. I look forward to the day OLPC laptops become commercially available, so that I may get my hands on one.
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