Sonic Pi - Making, Mixing and Live Coding Music

Two performances did seem to transcend the present, with artists sharing music that felt like open-source software to paths unknown. The first, Sam Aaron, played an early techno set to a small crowd, performing by coding live. His computer display, splayed naked on a giant screen, showcasedSonic Pi, the free software he invented. Before he let loose by revising lines of brackets, colons and commas, he typed:

#This is Sonic Pi…..
#I use it to teach people how to code
#everything i do tonight, i can teach a 10 year old child…..

His set – which sounded like Electric Café-era Kraftwerk, a little bit of Aphex Twin skitter and some Eighties electro – was constructed through typing and deleting lines of code. The shadowy DJ sets, knob-tweaking noise and fogbank ambient of many Moogfest performers was completely demystified and turned into simple numbers and letters that you could see in action. Dubbed "the live coding synth for everyone," it truly seemed less like a performance and more like an invitation to code your own adventure.

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Music, ICT and 30 great applications for teaching music through technology

It's been a while since the blog was updated and there's plenty of reason for this - new job, summer holiday and been home without a care in the world. A tiny break in seeking out great resources and ideas for ICT.

Over here on the this page is a brand new set of applications replacing the outdated set that was there with all the broken links etc. This is, I believe one of the best list that includes Synths, players, media apps, CD Rippers, converters and notation editors that not only give a wide and varied scope to teaching music but many of them are Linux and Windows compatible.