December 27, 2013 AT 6:00 am

Sonic Pi flight of bumblebee tech demo (VIDEO) @Raspberry_Pi #piday #raspberrypi

Sonic Pi flight of bumblebee video from RasPi.TV:

Using Sonic Pi to play flight of the bumblebee on a Raspberry Pi also using an HDMIPi portable Hi-Def screen. This is using the V1 HDMIPi prototype which has HDMI audio broken out to 3.5mm stereo jack. It’s a bit crackly, but that’s Sonic Pi, not the hardware.

…I watched one of Carrie-Anne Philbin’s Geek Gurl Diaries videos about the newly released Sonic Pi application. Sonic Pi is a clever way of introducing programming concepts through making music. It looked like fun, so I had to have a play straight away.

I have a ‘musical past’, so this was rather irresistable. For some time I’ve been harbouring an urge to make a solenoid-powered glockenspiel play Rimsky-Korsakoff’s “Flight of the Bumblebee”, which is an amazing piece because it’s so fast.

Solenoids are costly, software isn’t

But that’s a really expensive project (solenoids + a decent glockenspiel) and I haven’t got there yet. Sonic Pi offered me the chance to do it without the costly hardware part. So I got hold of a score arranged for Piano, and started programming it in….

And read more about the use of Sonic Pi and the “Flight of the Bumblebee” here!


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