I’m new to Sonic Pi but I’ve been programming since I was about 11, back in 1979 when I got my first computer, a TRS-80. Sonic Pi is a little different to Level II BASIC on the TRS-80.
I’ve also tried to learn to play several musical instruments, got to the point I can knock out a simple tune and then gave up. Sonic Pi has really interested me, I like making music and programming, so what’s to hate?
I’m also involved with a group that uses music with people who are struggling with bereavement, it’s not quite music therapy but we use music as a way to lubricate discussion and so facilitate new friendships. We mainly use singing, percussion and the odd ukulele (and if you heard us you’d know why I used the word ‘odd’). Once I’m more proficient with live_looping I’m hoping to incorporate Sonic Pi in our arsenal of instruments. Many of the people we work with say they can’t use computers, yet they FaceBook on their smartphones. I think Sonic Pi can ease them into both the world of computers and making music.
I look forward to getting involved in the community and learning to program with this exciting tool.