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i just got this email forwarded to me from my old prof at the UofO which he forwarded from the SEAMUS mailing list:

The Berklee College of Music, Berklee Music Synthesis Alumni, The International Csound Community, Open Path Music and Avid Technology have opened up their sound libraries to the children of the world - and to YOU!!!

This 8.5 GB collection is donated under the Creative Commons Attribution License which means you can freely create, compose, mix, remix, share, distribute and redistribute these samples and use them for any purpose as long as you clearly attribute the source.

At last... free - thanks to all those who contributed.

Spread the word. Share the sounds.....


Here are the links:



Here's the *Official* OLPC Press Release:


While you are checking out the links and downloading the samples, you might want to check out all the cool CsoundXO stuff that has been happening on the OLPC XO laptop:

Over these past two months the CsoundXO Developers - especially John ffitch, Victor Lazzarini, Andres Cabrera, Jacob Joaquin, Cesare Marilungo, and Greg Thompson have really pushed out some new and important tools and activities for the XO. Links to some of these are below.

A most important result of this development initiative is the fact that John and Victor got the CsoundXO subset of Csound5 to be FULLY SYNCHRONIZED and TOTALLY COMPATIBLE with the current release of Public Csound (and automated the process so that they will ALWAYS be in sync!) and Andres has a CsoundXO manual that is fully synchronized as well!!!!!


+ Links to the Csound Activities, the new RPM!, the developer tools (by Victor), and the toots.


+ Victor Lazzarini's AMAZING new GUI TOOLKIT for Csound Activity Development on the XO

+ Victor has developed a wonderful small collection of tutorial activities with sliders and buttons controlling CsoundXO - waves - a simple additive synth
- synth - a subtractive synth with USB keyboard control
- playfiles - an 8 track remixer with record capability
- GMplayer - an iterface and instrument for loading and playing any GM file with Csound - using the Avid/M-Audio donated Sample Set


+ Jacob Joaquin's new Activities developed with Victor's Toolkit and his blog and tutorials about the process.

* coming soon (within the next two weeks) by Greg Thompson

- CsoundEditor/Launcher - with virtual MIDI piano keyboard and CsoundXO manual integrations
+ including ALL the Boulanger Tutorials - TOOTS, Csound Book Chapter 1, Mastering Csound, Scanned Synthesis
+ including thousands of instruments and models from The Csound Catalog plus dozens of compositions and MIDI instruments,

- CsoundRemixer - for jamming with the OLPCsound Sample Archive (and adding Csound FX instruments)

- GMPlayAlong - for playing general MIDI files with Csound and visualizing the tracks on the ascii keyboard, virtual piano keyboard and pianoroll

- PlayAlong Keyboard - for playing Csound Instruments from a USB and/or Virtual Keyboard: GMplayer, Sampler, SynthExplorer (all sorts of synths)

* coming soon (within the next two weeks) by Cesare Marilungo

- Image2Sound - for the sonification of pictures and drawings from the Journal and other OLPC Activities using his new image opcode collection.

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Talk:CSound - some thoughts on Csound for press and others

Here are the links to the XO Bundled Sound Activities

(including especially the Csound Masterpiece by Jean Piché and Company - TamTam Mini, TamTam Jam, TamTam Edit, and the SynthLab)

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Tamtam - all Csound - AMAZING - INTUITIVE - POWERFUL - and for Children!

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Pippy (Some Csound)
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Memorize (Some Csound)
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Measure (Making the Csound connection now)
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Record (capturing audio for Csound and Photos for Image2Csound conversion - thanks to Cesare Marilungo's new Opcodes!)
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Draw (paint program which with Image2Csound and Cesare's opcodes - can now be transformed to audio.)


apologies for the haphazard nature of the extra stuff, that's just how it came out in the email.


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Mar. 26th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
so tight thanks man
Mar. 29th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
oh man Csound.

Why make producing music more difficult than it needs to be? Although I suppose I can understand how it might be a fun experiment if you're already a master like BT...

That's a pretty interesting sample collection by the way. Thanks.
Mar. 29th, 2008 06:05 am (UTC)
csound is where things started from. it's still an okay way to do it if you're used to it, and has a lot of flexibility.

personally i don't like using it. :)
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