If you're looking for a fun, music-based Raspberry Pi project, check out this Pi-powered granular synth called noLoop (opens in new tab). Created by industrial designer Niles Fromm, it's built on top of a Raspberry Pi and features a handmade case with a screen for visual output.
The Raspberry Pi in the noLoop uses the Python programming language and Pure Data (opens in new tab), which is synth software used to create custom sounds that can be controlled either digitally or physically (via hardware input). The visual display features a user interface designed with PyGame (opens in new tab), a Python module set originally for writing video games. With this display, you get real-time visual feedback of the current audio output.
The synth offers four individual granulated audio samples, and you can filter, randomize and chop each sample using the switches. Fromm opted to use a series of knobs to adjust things like volume, pan and metronome values. There are a few master knobs to adjust things universally, like volume.
If you want to recreate this project yourself, you're in luck. Fromm provided everything you need to set up Pure Data with his custom patch files on GitHub (opens in new tab). You can see what goes into the creation process and maybe even improvise for your own custom design.
There are a few updates planned for noLoop. Fromm has expressed serious interest in SuperCollider, a programming language for real-time audio synthesis, and hopes to integrate new features with it. In the meantime, you can check out his website (opens in new tab) for more work and future projects.