Someone told me about Sonic Pi last week and I’ve been a bit hooked last few days. When I was young it was the advent of the synth in British music and I really wanted to get involved. I used to go to Rod Argent’s shop in Denmark St where they’d let you play, but it was way too expensive so I had to get a cheap guitar instead.
I play in various groups jazz, blues, brass band. Drums and other things now. But Covid has meant no live music which is a drag, socially as much as anything, So I decided to dive back into electronic music which we can share at a distance. And wow, how it’s changed - it’s all there for the asking. What a fantastic opportunity.
Currently I’m putting together a live electronic music project with some friends - I’m doing the synth stuff and they are providing organic live sounds e.g. a slide guitar made from an ironing board, played with an ebow.
I’m trying to work out whether Sonic Pi has a place and if so what. It’s fab on it’s own but the key thing is getting it to sync with other instruments e.g. a DAW playing in ‘Session’ mode. I’ve got some ideas that work with other things e.g. sending out a midi note as a timing pulse to kick things off.
Whether or not I get it working, I really applaud Sam’s motive in making such a wonderful system that has such a low barrier to entry. I think that ‘ordinary people’ should be able to enjoy make music - not just the virtuosos. Time was, everyone had a piano at home and didn’t expect to study to grade 8 before enjoying a sing song. Music is a natural part of the human spirit.
My background: Ex-physicist, ex-mathematical modeller. Now professional programmer for business apps - got to make a living. Never really got to grips with threads though…
While I don’t know much about multithreaded programming, I know enough to know that Sonic Pi is a remarkable piece of work. Thank you!
(I’m only visiting Mull, I live near Oxford, UK)