Xiao’s helpful comments have encouraged me to iterate yesterday’s design. Rather than using words in the buttons of the latest little candy button music machine, I’ve adopted the philosophy of “less is more”, and have switched over to pictorial icons. This way the machine will be equally useful (or useless) everywhere in the world.
I also added a speed slider, so you can run the machine fast or slow or even backwards. As usual, you link to the applet by clicking on the image below.
Meanwhile, I’m thinking that making music with candy buttons would make for a very nice board game. The general idea might be that you have to play a melody to advance in the game — a kind of mash-up of Simon and Candy Land.