To anyone who ever tells you that programming isn’t creative, show them this. In this video, Sébastien Rannou recreates the whole of Daft Punk’s “Aerodynamic” using just a hundred or so lines of code. And it sounds pretty damn great.


In fact this is really just a teaser for what’s possible—because Rannou has taken it as a chance to create a series of tutorials that teach you how to use Sonic Pi, a free live coding synth. He explains:

Unlike classical approaches to generate sound on a computer, we are going to generate sound by writing text: instead of adding tracks, instruments, samples… on a timeline, we will see how to express those in code and how to play music.

It’s easy enough to give it a go: you can download Sonic Pi, work through the tutorial and, if things go well, create a long series of masterpieces. Or just a version of “Aerodynamic.” Up to you, really.


[Sébastien Rannou]