[IAEP] XO Tam Tam Resources

Chris Leonard cjlhomeaddress at gmail.com
Sat Sep 3 18:41:27 EDT 2011


The files are sort of big, but if you'd like some supplemental text
materials explaining some of the instruments in the TamTam samples,
the musical scales available and some of the technical concepts that
can be found in TamTam SynthLab, you might want to look at this
wikislice I created (in PDF and ODT formats).

370 pages and 69 MB for the PDF

450 pages and 52 MB for the ODT, but it has pictures amnd can be edited

The WikiBooks feature of Wikipedia can be used to make other
wikislices like the one below:


Of course, this can also be done with the Infoslicer actvity directly on the XO.

TamTam Wikislice Contents:

TamTam Instruments

Keyboard instrument
Percussion instrument
String instrument
Wind instrument

Electric guitar
Koto (musical instrument)
Triangle (instrument)
Bass guitar
Acoustic guitar
Thumb piano
Rhodes piano
Soprano saxophone
Tubular bell

TamTam Scales

Major scale
Minor scale
Phrygian mode
Dorian mode
Lydian mode
Mixolydian mode

SynthLab Technical Elements

Low-frequency oscillation
Frequency modulation synthesis
Voltage-controlled oscillator
Carrier wave
Ring modulation
Chorus effect
Low-pass filter
High-pass filter
Band-pass filter
Cutoff frequency


On Sat, Sep 3, 2011 at 6:00 PM, Caryl Bigenho <cbigenho at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> I spent most of yesterday hunting up Tam Tam Resources for the IT teacher at
> a rural K8 school here in Montana.  They just received 10 XO-1s from a
> stalled Contributors Program project at MSU.  She is very excited about
> using them, especially Tam Tam, since they lost the funding for elementary
> music this year.  She is hoping the elementary teachers will be able to
> teach their own music, some of it using TamTam Mini and TamTam Jam.  The
> middle school science teacher will also be using them for experiments and
> the like in his 6-8 grade science (and math?) classes. We will be starting a
> blog for their project and, hopefully they will share their discoveries,
> lessons, etc. freely on the blog.
> I would like to share the list of resources with you.  You will find them at
> the lower part of this email.
> Caryl
> P.S. I am also attaching a prototype song sheet for Row, Row, Row Your Boat.
> I would like to make a collection of these for the teachers to use and will,
> of course, share freely if they work.  It is a little different from the
> ones the teacher in Peru is using in his workshop (in the Resources below).
> I have tried to find a simple way to convey the rhythm in addition to the
> pitch.  If you have an XO handy, could you try it to see if it makes sense
> to you.  Feedback from both musicians and non-musicians would be
> appreciated.  I want to know if this is going to work before I convert more
> songs to "XO notation."  Thanks!
> **********************************************************************************************
> Tam Tam Resources
> Instruction Manuals
> Excellent and up-to-date Tam Tam Resources from Peru... in Spanish, but you
> should still find them very helpful. For parts that are not clear, you can
> cut and paste them into Google Translate.
> Tam Tam Mini:
> http://bit.ly/pvWdv8
> Tam Tam Edit:
> http://bit.ly/q5tHl7
> Slides
> About Tam Tam Jam
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/File:Tamtamhelp2.png (Keyboard)
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/File:Tamtamhelp3.png (Selecting an
> instrument/sound)
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/File:Tamtamhelp4.png (Recording loops)
> About Tam Tam Edit
> http://wiki.laptop.org/images/a/af/Tamtamhelp5.png (How to use the
> interface)
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/File:Tamtamhelp6.png (How to use the tools)
> About using the Music Generator
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/File:Tamtamhelp7.png (The music generator)
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/File:Tamtamhelp8.png (The properties editor)
> ********************************************************
> You Tube Videos
> Mini TamTam Demo
> Made over 4 years ago when all of the TamTams were one application... but
> still useful.  You will open TamTam Mini from the icon in the ring in Home
> View rather than as he describes in the video. The items in the video that
> appear in the sidebar on the right, now appear on the left on the XO. For
> the drums... the start button is the arrow to the left of the dice, it
> changes into a square which is the stop button. Volume, reverb, and the
> ability to add your own sounds seem to have been taken out for TamTam Mini.
> They will be in some of the more advanced TamTams. So, the part after 4:23
> is no longer useful for learning to use TamTam Mini, but the part before
> that is good.
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31L9qaxOrp0
> A teacher workshop in Peru
> I notice the leader has given the teachers song sheets with the notes
> spelled out with the keyboard letters.  An interesting project could be to
> have students figure out some familiar songs and make similar song sheets to
> share with each other.
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXm-_uSU3_o&feature=related
> From Thailand
> Children experimenting with TamTam and playing together as a band
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=ZafVLAbFM1A
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sMt0seK3pQ
> From Rwanda
> Children  dancing to music other children have created and are playing on
> their XO:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=ZafVLAbFM1A
> From Uruguay
> A demo/training  video from "Canal Ceibal" in Uruguay showing how children
> might learn to compose and do musical improvisations on the XO.  The
> teachers and students go to a studio in Montevideo for the filming of these
> videos.   The white smocks for the children and the lab coats for the
> teachers are for real! It is a tradition for them to wear them that has been
> going on for a very long time.  We saw it when we visited  schools in
> Uruguay in May. They always dress that way, not just for special occasions!
> This one is long but very good.  The teacher and children are all speaking
> Spanish (of course!) but the lesson is excellent. They are learning to
> create songs and improvise on their XOs. They are from a "Music School."
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=ZafVLAbFM1A
> BTW, This lesson fits very well with the Montana State Curriculum Standards
> for 4th Grade Music
> opi.mt.gov/pdf/standards/ContStds-Arts.pdf
> Simpler lessons could be done with younger children
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