[Squeakland] Music and Squeak

Doug Wolfgram doug at gfx.com
Fri Aug 15 15:13:26 PDT 2003


I took a look and it is exactly what I was looking for, but from first 
glance, VERY difficult to use. But then as we programmers say, if it was 
hard to write it should be hard to use! :)

I'll see if I can create anything useful with it.

The way HyperScore works is simple. You create a several-note 'motive' 
(regular English for Motif I guess) then 'paint' the screen with it. You 
can overlay several motives and then have the system auto-generate various 
harmonies. It just seems like it ought to be in Squeak to me. Wish I had 
the time or ability to code it up...


At 10:32 PM 8/15/2003 +0200, Remi Sussan wrote:
>Perhaps you would be interested by geomaestro
>(http://www.zogotounga.net/comp/squeak/sqgeo.htm) which allows to "draw"
>musical compositions. Warning! geomaestro is apparently not easy to work
>with (I downloaded the program, but never really tried to use it) and is
>certainly NOT targeted toward children. But perhaps it is possible, for a
>good programmer, to use geomaestro basic intructions, and, from them, create
>a funnier and easier program for children?.
>PS: interesting to that Tod Machover is at the origin of toysymphony
>project. I remember having seen  his Valis opera, based on Philip K.Dick
>novel, played at  Centre Georges Pompidou around 15 years ago...
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Doug Wolfgram" <doug at gfx.com>
>To: <squeakland at squeakland.org>
>Sent: Friday, August 15, 2003 9:12 PM
>Subject: [Squeakland] Music and Squeak
> > I just got back from Tech Fest and was fortunate enough to spend some time
> > with Tod Machover of MIT Media Lab. I was completely impressed with Toy
> > Symphony's HyperScore program (www.toysymphony.net) and have been
> > music with it ever since downloading it.
> >
> > Basically, it is an application that allows children to 'paint' music. One
> > does not need to understand music notation or theory. It is all done
> > visually and aurally.
> >
> > Then I though, this would be the PERFECT Squeak app.  My daughter spent a
> > bit of time with Tod's daughter (10 and 9 respectively) and it would be
> > incredible if they could collaborate in composition efforts a la Squeak.
> >
> > Would anyone out there in Squeak-land be interested in talking to the
> > students who wrote HyperScore and look at porting it to Squeak? Are there
> > other music authoring applications that I am not aware of?
> >
> > D
> >
> >
> >
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