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Audio Explorer

AudioExplorer is an educational technology for students to explore the physics of music. It is implemented in Squeak. For more information, e-mail


  • Rick, J. (2001) "AudioExplorer: Multiple Linked Representations for Convergence" GVU Technical Report GIT-GVU-01-15
  • Rick, J. (2002) "AudioExplorer: Multiple Linked Representations for Convergence" Proceedings of CSCL 2002, Boulder, CO.


A formative evaluation was done using students in the Georgia Tech "Physics of Music" class. The set-up went as follows. Students working in pairs were given a music keyboard and a computer running AudioExplorer. The software allowed the students to analyze the sounds made by playing around with the keyboard.

AudioExplorer Usage

To Try AudioExplorer

  1. Set up Squeak2.8 on your system
  2. Download AudioExplorer.cs.gz to the Squeak directory
  3. In Squeak, find AudioExplorer.cs.gz with the FileList
    • Click on the Squeak background (this will bring up the world menu)
    • Chose open... (this will bring up the open... menu)
    • Chose file list (this will bring up a pink file list window)
    • Find the file named AudioExplorer.cs.gz in the upper-right list
    • Click on it
  4. Decompress AudioExplorer.cs.gz
    • Use the right button click (option button + click on Macintosh) to bring up a menu
    • Chose decompress to file
  5. File in AudioExplorer.cs
    • Click on AudioExplorer.cs in the upper-right list
    • From the menu, chose fileIn
  6. Do (AudioExplorer openWithKeys: 61)
    • Somewhere in Squeak, type in (AudioExplorer openWithKeys: 61)
    • Highlight it
    • DoIt (Apple button + d on Macintosh; Alt-D on PC)

Last modified 12 April 2006 at 4:41 pm by dorn