Live coding with Sonic Pi - using code as an expressive instrument

With Sam Aaron

Live coding – writing code in real time in front of an audience – has recently emerged as an expressive way of performing music. Could writing code provide a more powerful and playful way of making and performing electronic music?

Computers are the most widely used piece of equipment for modern music making but the interfaces between musician and instrument still rely largely on historic models; musicians manipulate images of virtual sliders and dials.

Sam Aaron will look at how live coding challenges this traditional approach. He will introduce Sonic Pi, a live coding synth available for free to use on all major platorms including the Raspberry Pi. With Sonic Pi users perform music by writing and modifying code - live in real time. Sam will also offer a window into the Algorave movement: parties where live coded algorithms meet the dance floor.