Sonic Pi – Code based live music creation tool

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  • Sonic Pi

    Code. Music. Live.

  • awesome-livecoding

    All things livecoding

    Check out the Awesome Livecoding list for similar things:

    Also, Algorave for live performances:

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  • mercury

    A minimal and human-readable language and environment for the live coding of algorithmic electronic music. (by tmhglnd)

    Sonic Pi is awesome. I can highly recommend Mercury as well for live coding music:

  • supercollider

    An audio server, programming language, and IDE for sound synthesis and algorithmic composition.

  • sonicpi.vim

    Sonic Pi plugin for Vim

  • vim-sonic-pi

    Sonic Pi plugin for (Neo)Vim

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  • FoxDot

    Python driven environment for Live Coding

  • Orca

    Esoteric Programming Language

    I think I shared this last time Sonic Pi got posted here, but Sonic Pi is also extremely flexible when you bus the MIDI output to other tools - Ableton, external synthesizers, etc. I posted a clip on IG a while back -

    And I've also seen it play well with ORCA and other livecoding tools:

  • SuperDirt

    Tidal Audio Engine

    Another excellent Haskell based live-coding tool:

    Even if you don't know Haskell, it is a delight to improvise electronic music with this library. It comes with its own mini-language for dealing with musical patterns and can synchronize with any instrument. Very extensible, the backend uses, a SuperCollider extension for dealing with synths / samples / effects.

  • Sporth

    SPORTH IS DISAPPEARING EARLY 2022. A stack-based language for audio.

    I appreciate the shoutout to Sporth! Admittedly, I haven't used it for quite a few years. But it still works just fine.

    In addition to being a part of AudioKit, it also has it's own repository as a self-contained command line program:

    I used to use a live-coding setup with Sporth centered around Vim, though it has never been added to the codebase. If anyone is interested in this, please feel free to email me at thisispaulbatchelor at gmail dot com.

  • A_Gentle_Introduction_To_SuperCollider

    A step-by-step tutorial for total beginners. PDF here:

    Sonic Pi is great but I think some more accessible resources for SuperCollider get passed over. See

  • Sonic Pi is great but I think some more accessible resources for SuperCollider get passed over. See

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