The RAW focusses on Live Coding and code based approaches to the real time creation of sound and image. For those yet to make its acquaintance, Live Coding is the creation of sonic or visual content generated through the execution of computer code in real time.
The daytime part of the event features workshops hosted by experienced live coders, where newcomers will be guided through the processes in a practical environment, leading to an effective working knowledge of the practice. Experienced users will be able to build on existing skills, branch out into new applications and develop a greater understanding of the craft guided by lightning presentations from experienced performers.
The day rounds off with an Algorave, a live coded audio visual spectacular featuring performances from some of the UK's leading lights in audio visual coded performance.
|10:00 - 11:30||Workshop - Tidal Cycles||Learn to live code music using TidalCycles.|
|11:30 - 13:00||Workshop - Visual Coding in Pure Data||Learn to live code visuals using Pure Data.|
|13:00 - 14:00||Break|
|14:00 - 15:30||Workshop - SuperCollider||Learn to live code music using SuperCollider.|
|15:30 - 16:00||Break|
|16:00 - 17:00||Keynote Talk - Renick Bell||Renick Bell is a computer musician, programmer and teacher. His current research interests are live coding, improvisation, and algorithmic composition using open source software.|
|17:00 - 17:30||QMUL Talk - Anna Xambó||Anna Xambó explores notions of collaboration within live coded performance and reflects on her experiences as a performer.|
|17:30 - 18:00||QMUL Talk - Andy Thompson||Andy Thompson builds his live code language "BFFS" from scratch and demonstrates how to get started with language design. The talk walks through the process of writing a language parser and using it control the gibber.js sound library.|
|19:00 - 00:00||Algorave||vou, hmurd, P38, peterMann, Digital Selves, Alo, 0001, Innocent, Renick Bell, Type, hortense, Eric Nystrom, Winston, Joanne Armitage, Coral Manton, Emily Donovan, Hellocatfood, Sian Morell, Eye measure... and more TBC.|
Renick Bell is a computer musician, programmer, and teacher living in Tokyo, Japan. He is a graduate of the doctoral program at Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan. His current research interests are live coding, improvisation, and algorithmic composition using open source software. He is the author of Conductive, a library for live coding in the Haskell programming language. Previously, he was a doctoral student at Tokyo Denki University. He has a masters degree in music technology from Indiana University and an interdisciplinary bachelors degree in electronic music, studio art, and philosophy from Texas Tech University.
TidalCycles (or Tidal for short) is a language for live coding patterns. It allows you to make musical patterns with text, describing sequences and ways of transforming and combining them, exploring complex interactions between simple parts.
If you have never live coded before, or are still developing your skills this workshop is for you. You will be guided through your first steps with the platform and shown how to develop on existing abilities by experienced live coders and regular Algrorave performers.
Visual Coding in Pure Data
Pure Data is an open source visual programming environment that runs on anything from personal computers to embedded devices and smartphones. It is a major branch of the family of patcher programming languages known as Max, originally developed by Miller Puckette at IRCAM.
If you want to dip your toes into the world of live coded visuals, the GEN library is ideal for you. Learn to generate and manipulate visual material live, guided by experienced live coders and regular Algrorave performers.
SuperCollider is a platform for audio synthesis and algorithmic composition, used by musicians, artists, and researchers working with sound. It is free and open source software available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
As the backend of Tidal, you may already be familiar with the platform, however potentially not using it to its full potential. Join Joanne Armitage on Day 1 of the event as she guides beginner through their first steps using supercollider to code live and helps more experienced practitioners hone their craft.
0001 - Gerard Roma
0001 is a project that explores live coding of low-information signals as an improvisational practice. Binary oscillators are combined and modulated to create complex textures and rhythms.
Alo is an Estonian artist who has performed his live coded electronic music and generative computer graphics throughout the world. His aesthetically and geographically restless lifestyle has enabled him to traverse a diverse range of musical worlds including DJ-ing electronic dance music, live electronic jam sessions, electroacoustic composition, free improvisation and audiovisual performances. He has forged collaborations with a number of curious and innovative musicians, writers and visual artists along the way focussed on exploring links between technology, creativity and tradition. In recent years he has been actively participating in the Algorave movement developing a style he describes as noisefunk which combines traditional rhythm patterns with evolutionary synthesis algorithms. Currently, Alo works as a researcher and a lecturer in music technology in London, while continuing to perform his music and visuals to audiences worldwide.
Can Ince is a musician, developer, and researcher based in the UK. He utilizes a live-coding tracker to explore uncharted sonic-scapes while drawing sounds from electro and braindance.
Coral is an interdisciplinary artist, technologist and researcher. She is a Lecturer in Creative Computing at Bath Spa. She performs regularly at Algoraves, and music festivals in the UK and Europe, recently she organised an Algorave in Bristol in disused Police Cells. Coral specialises in developing for immersive technologies. She developed and led a lecture series for the Royal Academy of Music and Bristol School of Animation (UWE) in making audio visual works for Immersive Cinema. She is a South West Immersion Research Fellow and completed a research residency at the SAT in Montreal.
Erik Nyström composes computer music for live and fixed media. His current work uses multichannel sound synthesis and interactive algorithmic systems to explore artificial materiality and postnatural environments in sound. He performs worldwide and his music has been released on the Canadian label empreintes DIGITALes.
hellocatfood is the alias of Antonio Roberts, a visual artist based in Birmingham, UK. For his live visuals he (mis)uses a range of programming languages to create glitched, broken visuals. He has provided visuals for MTV, Com Truise, Blood Sport, Steve Davis, and My Panda Shall Fly.
hmurd generally makes music with code. He is part of Music Hackspace and Cherche Encore. He recently released an EP with Co-Dependent.
Blue Maignien (they/them) performs as Hortense - a name given at birth - by generating sound with code using TidalCycles and sometimes writing about mental health distress. Blue is part of Cherche Encore - a record label and series of event - with Harry Murdoch. In the future, Blue would like to keep making radio and contribute to building caring sonic environment.
⎷p38 is a musician and multimedia artist. Their work is concerned with perception, the relationship between the ‘real’ and the ‘virtual’, the ‘digital’ and the ‘acoustic’. Sound is seen as an inextricable aspect of space and ⎷p38 is interested our relationship to new technologies of communication and creation. They involve a personal ethnographic method and have a degree in Anthropology. They have Indian and British heritage, and always consider the eternal vibration of Hindustani sound. They like thinking about multidimensional metaphysical space and the nuances of language. They are currently studying for a MA in Computational Arts.
peterMann - Anna Xambó
Anna Xambó (aka peterMann) is an experimental electronic music producer and researcher. Her musical practice includes live coding, multichannel spatialization, tangible music, collaborative interfaces, audience participation with mobile devices, and real-time music information retrieval. To date, she has released three solo recordings: “init” (2010, Carpal Tunnel), “On the Go” (2013, Carpal Tunnel) and "H2RI" (2018, pan y rosas). She is currently an associate professor in music technology at the music department of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a collaborator at the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London, working on the design and evaluation of new tools for music production and performance within the EU-funded project AudioCommons.
Tokyo-based Renick Bell improvises bass-heavy algorithmically-generated music full of percussion and noise by live coding with open source software, including software he has written called Conductive. This year he has released albums on Rabit's Halcyon Veil label and Seagrave Records. In 2016 he released an EP on Lee Gamble's UIQ label. His music practice corresponds with a research practice of writing software and writing research papers on live coding, electronic music, and art, as well as teaching in university and other contexts.
Sian Morrell is a designer and creative technologist. Her playful work seeks to explore and bridge disciplines, from animation to augmented reality, with splashes of colour and humour. Her practice is currently centred around producing interactive experiences to enhance user engagement and accessibility. She invites you to collaborate and experiment too.
Tsun Winston Yeung
Tsun Winston Yeung (1989) is a composer of electronic music and laptop improvisor. Originally from Hong Kong, he is currently pursuing a PhD in musical composition at the University of Birmingham where under the supervision of Scott Wilson. His main research interests include stochastic music, live coding, improvisation, and data sonification. As part of the Laptop Ensemble BEER (Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research), he has performed around the UK, Canada, as well as Greece.
The Yorkshire Programming Ensemble (TYPE) is a collection of humans, Lucy Cheesman, Laurie Johnson, and Ryan Kirkbride, that meet IRL and URL and enjoy exploring rhythmic music in a collaborative virtual space and generally making a lot of noise. We work collaboratively in a shared text buffer using software called Troop and each member of TYPE constructs portions of music-generating code before interacting with the work one another has left behind. By making and unmaking each other’s code TYPE works both together and against each other in the exploration of sound and rhythms.