Space Robot Music

Sweet logo by Tanya Harrison
  • Significant advancement in creating generative music with Sonic Pi! I love making music, and I want to produce license-free background tracks for my videos. I got a bunch of help from Sam Aaron, the creator of Sonic Pi... #goals, honestly.
  • Getting to mind-meld with my bestie, Moheeb, whom I haven’t been able to hang out with for ages because of you-know-what… plus, catch up a bit with Tanya Harrison (who created that SWEET logo + gave Planet-related help) and Melissa Lamoreux.
  • My third piece of space music created in tandem with Planet — I love making art that builds on a body of work; it feels more deeply personal, tied in with my history.
  • Bonus: getting to play with some of my favorite chord progressions, and just listen to them forever 💙💙💙

(My) philosophy of data sonification

  1. Accurately represent the data, and
  2. Make it really sound like music. (And not just noise music ;) )

Sonic Pi

Planet music collaborations

My side panel, with soundwaves from a recording of the song.

Chord progressions

  • Chumbawamba’s soundtrack for Revengers Tragedy, which you should really watch if you like Eddie Izzard, Christopher Eccleston, Alex Cox films, or awesome things.
  • A nostalgic-feeling progression that can make anyone homesick, which features in “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, as well as “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show.
  • Its conceptual opposite, the piercing lament upon Gandalf’s fall in Moria — a gorgeous progression that you might know from “Zombie” by the Cranberries, or Eminem/Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie”. If the previous progression were 1–2–3–4, then this one would be written 3–4–1–2, swapping the pairs of chords, and they’re both very powerful.
  • A slight modification on that progression, which Philip Glass seems to like a lot — the final chord should be a B7, but I didn’t know how to put that in without making the code much more annoyingly complex.
  • The “purty” one is just some chords I threw in there while protoyping. They sound nice c:

Next steps




DIY robots, music, EEG, wearables, languages. FIRST alumna. Hardware Nerd @hacksterio. She/her

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Alex Glow

Alex Glow

DIY robots, music, EEG, wearables, languages. FIRST alumna. Hardware Nerd @hacksterio. She/her

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