I hope you had a wonderful, productive, fun, and relaxing summer.
As some of you may know, I have been very busy over the past few years
working on Csound with Barry Vercoe on the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)
This incredibly powerful machine, which will be given for free to
some of the poorest children in the world is destined to change
how students everywhere learn, collaborate, and share.
I am happy to tell you that the core audio software that is running
on these machines is Csound5! It ALL runs. And it all SOUNDS amazing.
I know that you are thinking that Csound is probably too difficult for
Children to learn and use, but....
Check out Jean Piché's Tam Tam application to get some idea
of how we are wrapping Csound into Friendly Games and Activities
and thus making Csound easy for young children to use and learn.
miniTamTam - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31L9qaxOrp0
synthLab - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwqt8NMT-zI
interviews - http://tamtam4olpc.wordpress.com/
I spent last year building and testing instrument models for the machine.
(My students made some amazing musical examples that served as
demos for the rollouts and for the diplomats and ambassadors from
all the nations involved). Check out the nations list:
There will be 3 million units delivered to children in these host
countries in the fall!
(and over 10 million are planned over the next few years!)
This fall, I am collecting and editing samples for a huge archive
of free books, art, music, samples, games, etc...) that OLPC will be
setting up at each host school (they call this the *school servers*)
M-Audio - through MS Alum and now Software Project Manager - Jason
McClinsey - will be donating a General MIDI set
I have donated a collection from The Csound Book (and some other
little things I have done in Csound) plus some sounds from around the
Berklee College of Music has donated all the Samples from Mike
Brigida's Sampling Classes over the past 20 years (here are a few)
Berklee Alumni working in NY, LA, SF, all over the world have donated
AMAZING collections of things.
Members of the Csound Community have been making donations too....
I would like to include some samples from YOU in this Archive.
Do you have ANY samples...
- sound fx, loops, acoustic traditional instruments, acoustic
ethnic/world instruments, animals, environments, drumkits, etc..
... that YOU have RECORDED, SAMPLED, SYNTHESIZED;
- they have to be YOUR sounds - not sounds you have purchased or taken
... YOU have to have recorded/created them
... that you would be willing to DONATE to the project.
- you would be giving them away (under the Creative Commons
I will make sure your NAME is associated with your donation (on the
OLPC website and in the OLPC archive)
IMAGINE 3 MILLION KIDS making music with your guitar samples, your
woodflute samples, your slidewistle samples,
your wind, rain, traffic, kitchen utensils, explosions, pianos,
sitars, tablas, drumloops, etc....
I will edit ALL the samples into the format we need for OLPC. And....
I will make sure YOUR samples are in folders with YOUR name on them
in the Archive/DATABASE - and you will have ACCESS TO THIS COOLECTION
TOO! (Of COURSE - EVERYONE WILL!!!)
No donation is TOO small.
Just think about some of the samples you have made, and think about
what set of these might make a nice collection
crickets & frogs
sitars and tabla
brooks and streams
screams and yells
breathing and whispering
jets and planes
dogs and cats
OneShots, With Loops, Without Loops, MultiSamples, LoFI, HiFi, Mono,
Stereo, Short, Long,
- ALL WOULD BE COOL and USEFUL and INCLUDED
(I need them NOW - in the next couple of weeks.... so, don't make
anything new, just look
over what you have already and what from that might be cool to donate
(FORMAT - .aif or .wav ANY sample rate - MONO or STEREO)
Remember that these samples are going ALL over the world and WORLD
INSTRUMENTS would be most especially appreciated.
(a few notes on each would also be FINE - we don't need the Vienna
Library here at ALL - We don't need extensive Multi's They would be
cool - but... ANYTHING and EVERYTHING is GREAT.)
TO SEND THEM TO ME:
- zip whatever samples you would like to DONATE
email me a link to the archive you have posted with either:
your own ftp site.
I look forward to hearing from you and sharing your sounds with some
of the poorest and most deserving children in the world.
This is a major educational and peace initiative. I hope that you
will become part of the movement by donating some of your
Wishing you all the very best.
Dr. Richard Boulanger