GOTO Aarhus 2023

Monday May 22
13:10 –

Hands On Lab: Sonic Pi - Live Coded Development Practices For Industry

Live Coding systems encourage us to fluently explore and learn new programming language concepts with extremely fast feedback cycles. Sonic Pi was designed to leverage these advantages and use the analogy of music to teach not just the basics of Computer Science in schools but also to explore:

  • Concurrency
  • Networking
  • Fault Tolerance
  • Time
  • Determinism

What does it mean to code like a musician plays the violin? How might these ideas apply and benefit your broader development practices?

The object of this highly interactive workshop is not to just cover these questions but give you your own initial experiences to draw from. Together, we’ll learn how to work with all these important concepts using Sonic Pi - whilst having a lot of productive fun.

Whilst music will be the guiding analogy for this workshop we'll continually explore which domains other than music where live interaction and manipulation of running processes are both relevant and important.

Once we have mastered the basics of live coding with time, we will end the workshop by building a live distributed reactive event system that will enable us to collaboratively jam together.

Please come along with a laptop with Sonic Pi pre-installed (

Sonic Pi