Category Archives: music

micro:bit music experiments

I’ve made a few simple projects to turn a BBC micro:bit into (sort of) musical instruments. First, I made a simple arpeggiator. The micro:bit is, of course, only capable of playing 1 note at a time, but take 3 notes … Continue reading

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Would you want to work at Matthew & Son?

I’ve been familiar with the 1966 Cat Stevens song ‘Matthew & Son’ since I was a youngling, and indeed back then it seemed like a grim existence working for the Man. And his son. And yet it was only the … Continue reading

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Teaching Sonic Pi

I’ve been teaching my first ever lessons with Sonic Pi this week. Sonic Pi blurs the distinction between learning / teaching coding and music. I’ve been wanting to do this since I had my world turned slightly upside down by … Continue reading

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Another music in a different kitchen

I’ve long wanted some sort of solution for centrally storing and serving music for listening around the house. There are all sorts of commercial products (like Sonos) out there, some eye-wateringly expensive even without any storage, plus numerous open-source projects, … Continue reading

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How to Win Eurovision

As soon as I heard Mans Zelmerlow’s ‘Heroes’, I knew it was going to win Eurovision. Or to be more accurate, as soon as I saw it I knew it would win. It was the smart graphics and animation that … Continue reading

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