Become a both a rapper and a DJ by playing with Mmmtsss, a program that will help you easily create original and interesting musical stylings. Designed by Eric Rosenbaum, a student at MIT Media Lab and friend of the Tinkering Studio, this playful (and free!) software will help you loop every noise you can find! Record and loop the doorbell, the sound your cell phone makes, a slinky, a marble rolling, your hands clapping, or the sound of your voice. Then experiment with different settings on Mmmtsss as you listen to your piece played back to you.
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Why we like it
What are the qualities that we value in this activity?
Science and Art Connections
Mmmtsss allows you to explore both the science and art behind sound. You’ll learn about frequency and volume as you manipulate the sounds you have recorded. You’ll also create and invent as you use your mouth, eyes and ears and you make unique images on the screen and sounds from the speakers.
Using a computer and learning a new program is a valuable skill. This activity gives you a chance to practice a new program while learning more about how to input and output sound digitally using your computer.
STEM as a means, not an end
Although you’ll be using a new program on a computer to do this activity, perfecting the program is not the goal of this experience. By doing this activity, you will see how knowing how to use technology will help you achieve other goals you may have, such as creating and modifying music.
Mmmtsss gives you the ability to record, visualize and playback almost any sound you can make. You’ll explore how wood sounds different from metal or how an adult’s voice looks different from a kid’s voice. You’ll also be able to experiment with changing the volume and frequency of your recorded sounds.