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by rbn
Sat Nov 29, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: User groups and events
Topic: Great Jam at Covent Garden today
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Views: 681

Great Jam at Covent Garden today

Thanks to Frank Thomas-Hockey for organising a great Jam at Covent Garden this afternoon. A great crowd turned up and Pi's were hot with Python programmed Minecraft. Elsewhere yours truly demoed Sonic-Pi and a HapPi-robot. It is a privilege to introduce new users to the merits of Sonic Pi, and hopef...
by rbn
Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Problem using Remote Desktop and Raspberry Pi
Replies: 3
Views: 3253

Re: Problem using Remote Desktop and Raspberry Pi

The problem seems to be with Microsoft Remote Desktop for IOS 8. I get the same problem when viewing an Ubuntu Box running XRDP. Solved it for just now by ditching MS and using the free iOS version of PocketCloud, which allows one RDP connection without logging in or upgrading. The keyboard on that ...
by rbn
Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:20 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Problem using Remote Desktop and Raspberry Pi
Replies: 3
Views: 3253

Problem using Remote Desktop and Raspberry Pi

I have used Microsoft remote Desktop app on an iMac and on an iPad fro some time with a Raspberry Pi running XRDP. It has worked well. The iMac version still works fine, but I have had a problem with the latest ios version 8.1.5 with keyboard recognition for the onscreen keyboard. The Pi doesn't see...
by rbn
Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:14 am
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Sonic-Pi 2.1 released
Replies: 0
Views: 875

Sonic-Pi 2.1 released

Sonic-Pi 2.1 has been released. The good news is that this is even easier for beginners to use, as Sam Aaron, the program developer has extensively revised and extended the built in tutorial system, so that you can quickly get going with learning the program. The other good news is that versions are...
by rbn
Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: More Sonic-Pi. Live_loops and samples
Replies: 0
Views: 764

More Sonic-Pi. Live_loops and samples

Just back from a fortnight without Sonic-Pi on holiday. Spent the afternoon playing with some live_loops and generated some samples using Sonic-Pi record facility. Then started a second program which utilised the samples produced by the first one to produce a rich overlay of sound. Piece can be hear...
by rbn
Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Sonic Pi plays a Quarter Peal of Church Bells
Replies: 0
Views: 907

Sonic Pi plays a Quarter Peal of Church Bells

Yet another sample based voice created for Sonic Pi. This time it can play chimes. The example program uses the voice to play a Bristol Surprise Major Quarter Peal on 8 bells. Full details and program and samples download available on my blog http://rbnrpi.wordpress.com/project-list/sonic-pi-plays-c...
by rbn
Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:36 am
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: How to add a harp sample based voice to Sonic Pi
Replies: 0
Views: 707

How to add a harp sample based voice to Sonic Pi

Just added another sample based voice - a harp - to Sonic Pi. Article with full details on the program plus download on my blog. The example plays a Courante from Bach's suite in G arrange for lute/harp. Tested on both Raspberry Pi and Mac versions of the program. http://rbnrpi.wordpress.com/project...
by rbn
Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:07 pm
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Sonic Pi emulates a Glass Harmonica
Replies: 0
Views: 785

Sonic Pi emulates a Glass Harmonica

Inspired by by my article yesterday entitled a Time for Reflection http://tinyurl.com/lv7cc7x I have worked today on producing a Sonic Pi emulator for the Glass Harmonica instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761, and for which Mozart composed an Adagio in C in 1791. Using the :ambi_glass_rub...
by rbn
Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:58 pm
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: A week for Reflection
Replies: 0
Views: 691

A week for Reflection

An Article on the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Brussels. A source of inspiration for Sonic-Pi coding. http://tinyurl.com/lv7cc7x
by rbn
Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:10 pm
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Video of Sonic Pi playing the Flight of the Bumble Bee
Replies: 0
Views: 860

Video of Sonic Pi playing the Flight of the Bumble Bee

I have posted a video on youtube http://youtu.be/OxmpsjMJXyY os Sonic Pi 2.0.1 playing an arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumble Bee. The two instruments involved, a piano and a xylophone are created by using audio samples from the Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra, which is a collection o...
by rbn
Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:57 am
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Sonic Pi V2 - query
Replies: 3
Views: 1675

Re: Sonic Pi V2 - query

I did cut-and-paste of some V1 code, while I was waiting for a reply, and it does not work properly in V2. Have not had time yet to diagnose why. The code in question is rbn's Frere Jacques, and his Bach Invention no 4. The Pi in question is a standard Model B rev 2 with 512 MB, just after apt-get ...
by rbn
Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:59 pm
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Grand Piano sample based instrument for Sonic Pi
Replies: 4
Views: 1950

Re: Grand Piano sample based instrument for Sonic Pi

This is now completed. I have solved the problems with tuning that were occuring and it now works well. Article and sample programs and further audio files published here.
http://rbnrpi.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/ ... onic-pi-2/
by rbn
Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:06 pm
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Grand Piano sample based instrument for Sonic Pi
Replies: 4
Views: 1950

Grand Piano sample based instrument for Sonic Pi

I am working on a Grand Piano sample based voice for Sonic Pi. Results so far are encouraging and I have posted some sample recordings using the instrument.
You can hear them here
https://rbnrpi.wordpress.com/2014/09/24 ... -sonic-pi/
by rbn
Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Sonic Pi V2 - query
Replies: 3
Views: 1675

Re: Sonic Pi V2 - query

You open the saved workspace in a text editor (on a raspberry pi use leafpad). You then copy and paste it from there into a blank workspace. (you can do ctrl+a in a workspace to select all the text there and press delete to remove it).
by rbn
Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: New sample based flute voice for Sonic Pi 2
Replies: 0
Views: 916

New sample based flute voice for Sonic Pi 2

I have just completed an article and program detailing how to add a sample based instrument to Sonic Pi, which can be played in the same way as one of the built in synths. It uses thirteen flute samples to give a three octave range. The program sets things up so that you can use a play like command ...
by rbn
Sun Sep 21, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Lego Stand for HDMIPi monitor
Replies: 0
Views: 588

Lego Stand for HDMIPi monitor

Just got my HDMIPi monitor. Certainly been worth the wait: it is great! I have designed a Lego stand for use with the monitor. Others getting one may be interested. I have written an article, with a link to a youtube video about the stand on my blog. This gives close up views and a description of ho...
by rbn
Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Sonic Pi 2 and Scott Joplin
Replies: 0
Views: 704

Sonic Pi 2 and Scott Joplin

Another offering for Sonic Pi 2.This time I have transcribed Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag. One or two new techniques used.
Full details as ever on my blog.
http://rbnrpi.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/ ... tt-joplin/
by rbn
Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:31 am
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Sonic Pi 2: Fun with samples
Replies: 0
Views: 759

Sonic Pi 2: Fun with samples

Today I have published a detailed article including a program showing how to use Sonic Pi 2 with your own recorded samples. Both program and samples can be downloaded, and I also give a link to a great free (CCL licence) repository of recorded samples that you can use. http://rbnrpi.wordpress.com/pr...
by rbn
Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:09 pm
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Sonic Pi 2. A busy day. Another example
Replies: 0
Views: 744

Sonic Pi 2. A busy day. Another example

I have just published another article on using Sonic Pi 2. This time it concentrates on incorporating volume changes in the form of crescendos and diminuendos into a piece of music: a Prelude and Fugue by JS Bach. You can read the article, and download both the program and an audio file of what it s...
by rbn
Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:02 am
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Sonic Pi 2. Article on writing code for it.
Replies: 0
Views: 706

Sonic Pi 2. Article on writing code for it.

I have just published an article on my blog about how I develop programs for Sonic Pi 2. The example takes some music from The Funeral Music for Queen Mary by Henry Purcell and discusses, first the choice of the music, and then how to transcribe it successfully for Sonic Pi. The music includes an au...
by rbn
Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: 3 Beatles Songs for Sonic Pi 2
Replies: 5
Views: 1922

Re: 3 Beatles Songs for Sonic Pi 2

W. H. Heydt wrote:Ummm.... Copyright issues?
Thank you for raising this issue. I have for the moment withdrawn these files while I investigate further.
I have plenty more where there is definitely no copyright issue, and I will publish some more shortly.
by rbn
Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Sonic Pi 2 introductory video
Replies: 0
Views: 667

Sonic Pi 2 introductory video

I have published on YouTube an introductory video on the program Sonic Pi 2 The video explores the program interface, and illustrates the various sections that it contains. I hope to follow it up with further videos that get into the nitty gritty of using Sonic Pi 2 The video link is http://youtu.be...
by rbn
Sat Sep 13, 2014 2:53 pm
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: 3 Beatles Songs for Sonic Pi 2
Replies: 5
Views: 1922

3 Beatles Songs for Sonic Pi 2

FOLLOWING COMMENTS BELOW THESE FILES HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN WHILE THE ISSUE IS INVESTIGATED Title says it all. These are reworked from transcriptions I did for Sonic Pi 1. This time the synchronisation is perfect thanks to Sam's great code. They also use symbolic representation for the notes, so the pa...
by rbn
Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:15 pm
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Sonic Pi 2 examples
Replies: 0
Views: 1635

Sonic Pi 2 examples

Now that Sonic-Pi 2 is released I have posted a tutorial file on using chords, and also an eclectic mix of three further program files. They show the versatility of Sonic Pi if nothing else! One shows how to produce a wolf whistle. A second one shows a rather offbeat use of Sonic Pi to parse a given...
by rbn
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: Other programming languages
Topic: Sonic Pi More Advanced Programming
Replies: 6
Views: 3164

Re: Sonic Pi More Advanced Programming

You certainly can add to the core of Sonic Pi commands, using the Ruby language. In particular if you are writing music which is essentially a sequence of note pitches, durations and volumes, you will be dealing with lists or arrays. Ruby has a lot of useful things you do in the Array class. For exa...

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