[PD] math + music examples

Cody Loyd codyloyd at gmail.com
Wed Mar 23 13:49:29 CET 2011

i don't think i explained the multiplication thing too well, so i just
patched one up real quick.. this one just uses the counter to produce
midi pitches, but you could certainly use it to call steps in a
sequencer.  I think this is cool, and it would be a simple and easy
thing to explain to the kids mathematically.

On Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 7:41 AM, Cody Loyd <codyloyd at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think good examples for kids would be simple math based sequencers.
> Either use a fixed set of pitches that are called by smaller numbers
> or use midi pitches, as those will be easier for kids to understand.
> I would start off the whole demonstration with frequencies though, and
> then introduce the midi pitches.   Anyway, once you have a sequencer
> set up, you can alter the equations that are used to call the steps,
> use random numbers, only play the even numbers, use multiplication
> after the additive counter(make a simple counter - with f+1 and a
> modulus and put a multiply between the counter and the modulus then
> changing the multiply amount will give you different patterns.)
> IMO, that would be the simplest thing to set up and for the kids to
> see the relation.
> On Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 8:47 PM, Joe <potaxpotax at gmail.com> wrote:
>> hello
>> i am trying to come up with some examples to use in a short workshop
>> with 11 year old kids using maths to make sound and music (music in
>> very loose terms that is). i would love to use pd for this. it can be
>> literally anything, as long as they can easily see a relation between
>> some basic math concepts (number sequences, patterns, etc.) and the
>> sounds they hear while interacting with the patches. the goal is not
>> to have the kids write the patches, but to make them *play* with them.
>> does anyone have any ideas for this? useful, easy to understand math
>> concepts that could be turned into little musical devices?
>> any feedback will be greatly appreciated!
>> cheerio
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