[LAD] Tux Paint for music?

Paul Coccoli pcoccoli at gmail.com
Wed May 6 21:16:52 UTC 2009

On Wed, May 6, 2009 at 10:47 AM, David Olofson <david at olofson.net> wrote:
> This brings up some thoughts I've been having for years now: A really
> simple, yet somewhat useful and educational music toy. An integrated
> synth/sampler/sequencer, possibly with audio recording facilities
> down the road... Sort of like a tracker (Amiga MOD style), but with a
> more visual GUI. Probably some sort of piano roll. A bunch of nice
> sounds (I'm thinking IFFT synthesis) with some pre-wired intuitive
> timre controls. Maybe a library of drum patterns... Preferably SDL
> based and portable to all sorts of computers and devices.
> In short: Tux Paint for music! :-)

Sounds fun.

> Is there something like this already out there?

Can't think of anything right now.

> Any interest in this sort of stuff?


> Ideas?

Well, since you're thinking SDL, you should consider using a gamepad
as the primary input device.  I understand it is a somewhat popular
interface for kids these days.

> I'll probably use EEL for all high level code, over a C engine. EEL is
> probably not the most sensible choice for a Free/Open Source project,
> but I'm using EEL for various stuff myself (mostly work related), and
> it could use some more pilot projects to guide future development.

I'm not familiar with EEL.  Maybe use fluidsynth so you can have
soundfont support?  A whole world of cheesy keyboard sounds at your

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