July 28, 2008 @ NYC Resistor
1 Session, 3 hours, with personalized post-session project with instructor via email.
Csound is the most powerful computer music language in the world, with a direct lineage to Max Mathews’ original Music-N languages. The focus of this class will be a synthesis of three topics: The Csound language, synthesizer theory, and composing weird alien music.
Together, we will demystify the assembly-like syntax of the Csound language. We will cover the fundamentals of synthesizer theory, including: oscillators, filters, envelopes, amplifiers and modulation. Finally, we’ll tie it all together by composing sounds in the vein of classic Sci-Fi movies.
Taught by Jacob Joaquin (that’s me.) Click here to enroll.
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.