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Over the years I have used a variety of traditional instruments and electronic gear to make, er, um, "music?" Yes, let's call it "music."
My process for creating music has evolved as new technologies have become available, but conceptually is not all that different from how I started out as a composer. I have loved listening to many types of music all my life. The first album that I bought with my "own" money was a recording of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony. I had worn the grooves out of it by the time I turned seven years old. By the time I was in my late teens, I was writing papers for my degree in Formal Linguistics and, a couple of years later, teaching myself to program computers while listening to a personal soundtrack that featured Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music -- yes, the 4-LP sides' worth of guitar feedback and effects noise that ended his career just as it was starting to take off in the late 1970's. You will find strong hints of all those influences - classical and experimental music together with mathematics and a love of algorithms - throughout my musical oeuvre. To me, an analog synthesizer is a device for translating what are essentially mathematical formulas into acoustic impulses, which are occasionally and serendipitously esthetically pleasing (at least to someone with my extremely idiosyncratic tastes). Computer software makes that even more literally true.
Sonic Pi is programming language, musical instrument and MIDI sequencer all at the same time.