Use this helpful table to convert MIDI notes found in Sonic Pi scripts you see online to the actual music note. Remember that “Middle C” is in the 4th octave, and is MIDI note 60. (This table was found on this blog post by Andy Murkin. Andy’s blog post has nothing to do with Sonic Pi, but is linked here as the citation.)
An 11-week lesson plan for incorporating Sonic Pi in the classroom. Includes a set of short films and inspirational works by artists. KS3 in the UK roughly equates to Middle School age, for those of us in the States.
With a name like Sonic Pi, you might think that The Live Coding Music Synth for Everyone (their words, not mine) forgot about everyone not using the Raspberry Pi. However, that’s where the name Sonic Pi might be a bit misleading — it was developed in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, so comes pre-installed on Raspbian images for the Raspberry Pi.
Sonic Pi is also available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. So how would you get started with Sonic Pi on the computer you already have? I thought you would never ask.
If you’re not sure how to write the downloaded image to an SD/microSD card, their website has instructions you may follow.
Windows, Macintosh, or Linux
For the remaining three operating systems, proceed to the Sonic Pi website and download the installer for your operating system. They also have installation directions available.
For Windows, they also have a version that does not need to be installed, but may be simply copied to and executed from a removable USB drive. This would be a good option if you need to try Sonic Pi on a computer you do not own.
Before we dive into the world of creating music with your computer, a refresher on basic music theory might be in order. While these videos come from the perspective of a piano player, they are still useful in understanding the concepts of the octave and the 12-note music scale.