The Pâte à Son sound toy is a fun compositional tool for experimental music making. A strange machine churns out a line of widgets which can be dragged from a conveyer belt to a checkerboard. Widget parts may be instruments, switches, and transporter pipes that can be freely configured on the checkerboard. The selection of instruments includes brass, plucked strings, woodwinds, and percussion.
The machine creates a stream of coloured candy representing musical notes for producing pitch and rythm. The flow of notes is directed through the arrangement of parts on the checkerboard creating a musical system.
Several levers and controls may be positioned to supply a number of musical melodies, tempi, degree of randomness and pre-made examples.
The site requires the Flash and Shockwave plug-ins and is best viewed using a screen resolution of 1024X768. Pâte à Son is created by LeCielEstBleu on an initiative of the Cité de la Musique.
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For more online sound toys and musical devices see my list of Interactive Sound Sites.