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Wednesday, October 21 • 20:50 - 21:50
Multi-threaded Drum & Bass : Live Coding Music with Sonic Pi

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Sonic Pi is a free code-based music creation and performance tool that targets both education and professional musicians.  It is possible for beginners to code fresh beats, driving bass lines and shimmering synth riffs. All this whilst teaching core computer science concepts such as sequencing, functions, variables, loops, data structures and algorithms.

In this discussion and performance we’ll briefly cover its history before taking a deep technical nose dive into some of the core technical innovations which enable powerful, live expression of music. We’ll explore Sonic Pi’s novel internal technologies which enable it to rhythmically synchronise concurrent threads (to the beat), deliver thread-safe deterministic randomisation and the power of representing state in its internal totally-ordered event-store.

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Dr Sam Aaron

Research Associate, Sonic Pi
Dr Sam Aaron is the creator of Sonic Pi, an internationally renowned live coding performer, public speaker and science communicator.  Sam has a PhD in Computer Science and held a research position at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory where he initially developed Sonic... Read More →

Wednesday October 21, 2020 20:50 - 21:50 BST
Main Track