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    • CommentAuthorthbb
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2008 edited
    HighC Kid 1 is an educational and entertaining program for young children between 18 months and 3 years.

    Click here to download it.

    HighC Kid 1 allows young children to build up their motor skills, producing lively visual and audio feedback. It provides an early introduction to musical gesture and to more evolved applications in the line of the HighC software.

    To enjoy it, your child needs to be able to move the mouse on a flat surface, or drag a finger on a trackpad. Progressively, they will learn to follow the movements of the cursor on the screen as they move their hand. An adult will probably need to guide the child's first steps with the application. Yet, as long as the keyboard is out of reach, the child can use this software without any risk of breaking the computer or corrupting data.

    HighC Kid 1 builds upon the HighC application (see, which itself is inspired from Iannis Xenakis UPIC work from the 80's and 90's.

    I recommend using a mouse without a scrollwheel or a graphic tablet, as the scrollwheel distracts the child. Also, keep the child away from the keyboard...

    Prerequisite: you must have java installed. If you use HighC, it should be already done. To start the application, simply double-click on the file named highckid1.jar Your screen becomes totally blank (this is important to avoid diverting the child).

    Moving the mouse around (from left to right) and pressing and releasing the mouse buttons leaves colored marks of various shapes. Those shapes are turned into various sounds that are played continuously. A vertical line moves on the screen to indicate the portion of the score being played. This line helps children slowly build up a correlation between what is being displayed and how it is heard.

    As more and more "visual sounds" are added, older sounds fade and gradually disappear to avoid overloading the drawing.

    To quit the application, press the 'q' or the escape key.
    To toggle audio feedback, press the space bar.
    To toggle snap to pitch on or off, press the 'g' key. By default, snap to pitch is on.
    To save your kids' composition, press the 's' key. The resulting file can be opened and edited in HighC.

    This software is free.
    Please provide feedback, experiences and wishes in this thread.
    Copyright 2008. Thomas Baudel
    • CommentAuthoradmin
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2009
    -- Some user pointed me that HighCKid does not let one save a composition under MacOSX Snow Leopard.

    A fix is under investigation (once I'll be able to get a hand on a Snow Leopard machine...).