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IMHO it's a very worthwhile lesson from a maths perspective, as it may motivate learning the theory, but it has nothing much to do with iterative, imperative, text based programming.

A good comparison would be some visual programming environments and modular buzz-machine type DAW programms, that both look very similar, employing the graph metaphor--nets of generators and filters. I'm not sure wgether that's comparable to functional reactive programming, that I have never tried.

Writing a synth in C would be very different, at any rate, I guess, something I don't even know how to go about in an ergonomic fashion.

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