Sonic Pi

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Sonic Pi
Screenshot of Sonic Pi
Screenshot of Sonic Pi
Developer(s)Sam Aaron and others
Initial release2012
Stable release
3.1.0 / 23 January 2018; 17 months ago (2018-01-23)
Written inRuby, Erlang, Clojure, C++, and Qt
Operating systemLinux, macOS, Windows, Raspbian
TypeLive coding environment
LicenseMIT License

Sonic Pi is a live coding environment based on Ruby, originally designed to support both computing and music lessons in schools, developed by Sam Aaron in the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory[1] in collaboration with Raspberry Pi Foundation.[2][3] Thanks to its use of the SuperCollider synthesis engine and accurate timing model,[4] it is also used for live coding and other forms of algorithmic music performance and production, including at algoraves. Its research and development has been supported by Nesta, via the Sonic PI: Live & Coding project.[5]

Sam Aaron, creator of Sonic Pi, demonstrating the program


  1. ^ "DROPS - Collaboration and learning through live coding (Dagstuhl Seminar 13382)". Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  2. ^ Cellan-Jones, Rory. "Baked in Britain, the millionth Raspberry Pi". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  3. ^ "Making music with Raspberry Pi - CBBC Newsround". Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  4. ^ Aaron, Samuel; Orchard, Dominic; Blackwell, Alan F. (2014). "Temporal semantics for a live coding language". Proceedings of the 2nd ACM SIGPLAN international workshop on Functional art, music, modeling & design - FARM '14. FARM '14. ACM. pp. 37–47. doi:10.1145/2633638.2633648. ISBN 978-1-4503-3039-8. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  5. ^ "Welcome". SONIC PI: LIVE & CODING. Retrieved 2015-05-02.