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.
Tony Miracle, of Venus Hum, explores a technique he used in making the bands new release “The Colors In The Wheel”
Tony takes a simple acoustic guitar note and through manipulation and modulation builds an entire electronic composition in an unrehearsed 15 min improv captured on film.
Gear Used In The Short
Oxygen 8 USB Keyboard
Doepfer Regelwerk Midi Fader / Controlor
Taylor Acoustic Guitar