Worth taking a look at GetLoFi.
Thanks to Mark for this comment on application development:
“The obvious first choice — SuperCollider
Though, recently, I’ve had a lot of fun playing with the various music libraries for Processing.”
I should really have qualified my earlier post by saying that what I’m really after is a language for making palm or windows mobile applications, and ideally on board development at that.
At the moment using iziBasic and vizibasic is great, but there are limitations. I can’t write anything that will really manipulate sounds, and that’s what I’d like to do.
I’m not sure if mobile processing is what I need, but maybe I should look into it again.
I can remember first using Microbe and being totally amazed that you could get a PDA to make music like that. It was really like having a Roland TR606 and a couple of TB303’s in your hand all at once and without having to use lots of cables to get them all working.
I’ve been playing with it quite a bit over the last few weeks and I’ve found it really useful as a very quick musical notepad. One thing that makes it really easy to get going with is that there is almost no time taken to load a song or start one as all the drum sounds are already there, and the synths can be tweaked right away. I think that kind of immediate ability to make music makes it an excellent app for when you have only a few minutes and don’t want to select instruments or samples.