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….
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.