How to write music with code
Live coding topic
- Live coding on Wikipedia
That includes impromptu musical performances with code.
Sonic Pi for writing music with code
Try out Sonic Pi - a Ruby-based programming language that plays notes and music based on the code you write.
Sonic Pi is a code-based music creation and performance tool.
It can be used for a live performance, as it constantly loops and responds to the changes you make.
Download for Window, macOS or Raspberry Pi.
ChucK : Strongly-timed, Concurrent, and On-the-fly
Blog post as an intro to ChuckD
This is relies on the JACK, covered below.
JACK - Jack Audio Connection Kit
A tool for mixing sound and recordings.
It can be installed on Ubuntu as:
sudo apt-get install jackd
There are plenty of resources listed here including live programming:
Music composed by computers
I found this tool which provides AI-generated music based on human-made samples. Their mobile app is great. I just found the genres too limiting based on my tastes but there are plenty to choose from.
Smart music powered by AI
Here is their API page. mubert.com/api/
TEDx talk - The world’s ugliest music
Watch this TEDxMIA talk on YouTube:
- The world’s ugliest music by Scott Rickard
A song was composed by an algorithm which made sure there are no repeats or patterns in time between the notes or in pitch changes. It’s not just random - its deliberately pattern free.
The result is music which is ugly to us. As we look for a pattern but there is none. It reminds me of some jazz music I’ve heard, but this is way worse.
A pianist performs the piece at the end.