Watch Daft Punk’s ‘Aerodynamic’ Played Using Just Code

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]