(Algo|Afro) Futures

I’m happy to launch (Algo|Afro) Futures, a mentoring programme for early career Black artists in the West Midlands who want to explore the creative potential of live coding.

Live coding is a performative practice where artists and musicians use code to create live music and live visuals. This is often done at electronic dance music events called Algoraves, but live coding is a technique rather than a genre, and has also been applied to noise music, choreography, live cinema, and many other time-based artforms.

(Algo|Afro) Futures will take place between April – June online and at Vivid Projects and will consist of four sessions. Dates will be confirmed in response to lockdown restrictions and participant availability.

Algorave Birmingham

Four participants will receive mentorship from myself and Alex McLean on all things live coding. Each participant will receive a fee of £100 per mentoring session attended plus reasonable travel expenses.

This opportunity is open for Black West Midlands-based artists only. The call is open now until 23:59 GMT on 14th March . Further information about the programme, FAQs and the application form can be found at the (Algo|Afro) Futures website.

Late at the Library: Algorave

(Algo|Afro) Futures is organised with FoAM Kernow and Vivid Projects, in collaboration with and funded by the UKRI research project “Music and the Internet: Towards a Digital Sociology of Music

Coder Beatz

Happy to be working with Birmingham Open Media to deliver Coder Beatz, a creative digital programme focusing on live coding for young black kids in the West Midlands.

Coder Beatz a new creative digital programme for young black kids aged between 11-15 years old.
We are running 4 monthly Coder Beatz workshops between November 2020 and February 2021. In each session we will be teaching kids how to create digital music and visuals using live coding and algorithms. The sessions will be delivered by Antonio Roberts who is a renowned digital artist and expert coder. Being a man of colour, Antonio is really passionate about inspiring young black kids to get skilled up on coding music and visuals.

Kids will not need any music or tech experience, and we will provide laptops and headphones for them at BOM’s art center.

Over four sessions I’ll be teaching how to use TidalCycles for making music and Improviz for making visuals. All of the details, including sign up details, can be found by contacting Birmingham Open Media.

On a personal level I’m really happy to be delivering this programme because during the six-ish years I’ve been live coding at Algoraves I’ve noticed that the scene is very good at addressing gender inequalities but, at least in the UK scene, it’s still very white (which could probably be said of electronic music more generally).

Through delivering the programme I hope to demonstrate the creative possibilities of programming and, while I don’t expect those who take part to become fully fledged Algoraves, I do hope it encourages them to explore ways of making digital music and art beyond the “standard” ways of using tools like Ableton and Adobe software.

I also recognise that there are other issues that need to be addressed to make live coding more diverse. For example, encouraging more black people to build live coding tools, recognising and celebrating the impact black culture has had on digital art/music… And I hope this is part of that process.

Please get in touch with BOM if you’re interested or know anyone who would be great for this!

Algorave Cafe Oto – March 5th 2020

On Thursday 5th I’ll be back in London to perform at an Algorave at Cafe Oto

I’ll be playing an audio set alongside music and visuals from Deep Vain, Eye Measure, Hortense, Jude Marcella, Mahalia Henry-Richards, Miri Kat, Renick Bell, Seth De Silva, Yaxu, +777000 and hmurd.

Tickets are £15 plus booking for and can purchased from the Cafe Oto website.

Last time I was at Cafe Oto was 11 years ago for an Openlab workshop + performance which helped me on my path to explore programming as a creative practice, so it’s nice to be back but this time performing. 🙂

Algorave at SXSW – 10th – 12th March 2019

Algorave is heading to South By Southwest! From 10th – 12th we’ll be doing two showcases at the festival:

Dancing to Algorithms: How to Algorave

This session will discuss Algorave: a global movement focussed on creating dance music through the writing and editing of algorithms. At an Algorave, performers live code and project their screens for the audience to see the creative process unfolding. Since it emerged in the UK in 2012, Algoraves have taken place around the world, with large communities developing in North America, Japan, Europe and Latin America. To understand how the scene has expanded, we will bring together leading performers from the community to discuss the systems they use and the sounds that they make.
In a world where algorithmic processes are becoming so embedded in our daily lives and increasingly opaque, we hope to uncover why live coding is so exciting!

Please bring and laptop and some headphones.

This session takes place 15:30 – 17:30 on Sunday 10th March and will be led by me, Joanne, Shelly Knotts and Alexandra Cardenas

Lush Presents Algorave: Live Coding Party

Since emerging in the UK in 2012, Algorave has subsequently become a global movement with parties happening across the world. At an Algorave, performers live code and project their screens for the audience to see the creative process unfolding. It’s a truly audiovisual experience where sound and visuals merge together. This showcase will bring together an international host of leading performers from the Algorave scene. From minimal techno to bursts of noise all sounds and visuals will be generated through algorithms for your pleasure.

Part of Future Art and Culture produced by British Underground and supported by Arts Council England.

This showcase takes place 22:00 – 02:00 on Tuesday 12th March and features ALGOBABEZ, Alexandra Cardenas, Belisha Beacon, Byrke Lou, co34pt, Coral Manton, hellocatfood, Scorpion Mouse, Renick Bell.

Come and say hi!

Livecode Festival #2 – Visualists Meetup – 1st September 2018

On Saturday 1st September I’m organising a meetup for visualists as part of Livecode Festival #2 at Access Space in Sheffield:

A session for live coding visualists (at any level) lead by Antonio Roberts (aka hellocatfood), to talk about their tools and how they perform, with focus on Algorave visuals.

A core part of the session will be discussion around key questions for live code visualists; how do you pace yourself in a performance? Should we aim to build up slowly or go straight in with loud visuals? How much can you truly respond to the music? Is it important to show the code, and how does it fit with the musician’s projection?

The session will run from 11:00 – 16:00 and will include workshops in Pure Data/GEM (led by me), Hydra (led by Will Humphries) and Livecodelab (led by Guy John).

Get your tickets here! And whilst you’re in the area get a ticket for the Algorave on the same night at 20:00 😉

Upcoming Algoraves, June – August 2017

I’ll be performing at a number of Algoraves this Summer, and rather than make posts for each one here’s a list of ones happening between June – August:

Supersonic Festival, 16th June

Supersonic Festival is back in Birmingham after a one-year break and I’m curating and performing at it’s first Algorave. Alongside Mothwasp the Algorave will feature a collaboration between Heavy Lifting and Blood Sport with me on visuals, BITLIP, and Miri Kat.

BUMP, 23rd June

BUMP is a one-day design conference taking place in Kortrijk, Belgium. The lineup features speakers including Moon Ribas and Alex McLean amongst many others. Myself, Yaxu, and Algobabez will be providing algorithmic beats and visuals at the afterparty at De Kreun Rooftop.

bluedot festival, 9th July

After an amazing first appearance at bluedot in 2016, Algorave will be back at bluedot festival in Greater Manchester on 9th July. The lineup includes myself on visuals, with Coral Manton, Calum Gunn, Anny, Belisha Beacon, Canute, and Miri Kat.

Green Man festival, 19th August

Algorave will be making its first appearance at Einstein’s Garden at Green Man festival in Abergavenny, Wales. Lineup includes Qirky, Joanne, littlelifeform, Yaxu, and Chez.io.

If you wanna keep up with what I’m doing be sure to check out my events page or follow my Tweets.

Algorave Nottingham, 12th February

On 12th February I’ll be on visuals duty for an Algorave taking place at Rough Trade in Nottingham as part of the Festival of Science and Curiosity

“The scene at an algorave is often what you’d expect from any good techno night – a dark room, engaging visuals, a decent, bass-heavy speaker set-up, and lots of people ready to dance… performers at algoraves respond to each other and the audience in real time, often projecting the lines of code onto the walls as they type. It’s coding as improvisation and experiment…” – The Wire magazine

Reaching over 40 cities over the past couple of years, Algorave is an “algorithmic rave”, where music and visuals come from code, constructed before your eyes. Originally coined in Nottingham, Algorave returns after 6 years, replenished and resplendent with a roster of exciting new algorithmic performances.

The event, running from 15:00 – 21:00, will feature Calum Gunn, ALGOBABEZ, Anny, Belisha Beacon, Heavy Lifting, Qirky and Littlelifeform, with myself and Rumble-San on visuals.

Tickets are only £5. Y’all can read an interview with anny if you need further convincing that Algoraves are awesome

Algorave Birmingham, 3rd December

On 3rd December I’ll be curating and performing at the Algorave at Vivid Projects.

Algorave Birmingham

An Algorave is a party where electronic music is generated live from algorithms. The word was coined around 2012, initially as a joke, but has since taken hold with Algoraves taking place in over 40 cities around the world.

At an Algorave the creation of algorithms are brought into the experience of the music itself. This is done using specially made “Live Coding” environments such as SuperCollider, TidalCycles, Gibber, ixi lang and Extempore. This processed opened up by projecting the code on screens around the venue, so audience members can see how the music they hear is being made. This is often complimented by algorithmically generated visuals projected alongside the code.

The Birmingham Algorave will feature a diverse range of artists from across the country performing noise, rave, electronic and glitch audio.

The event will feature Canute, Algobabez, and Charles Celeste Hutchins on audio and Coral Manton, Ryan Hughes, hellocatfood (y’know, me) on live visuals. This will be complimented with a video installation featuring work by Ryan Hughes, RITUALS, Chez.io, Sam Wray, Dario Villaneuva, Sarah Walden, cappel:nord, and catweasel.

Algorave Birmingham runs from 19:30 to 23:00 on Saturday 3rd December. Tickets are only £5 plus booking fee (more on the door). Get yours now!

Algorave @ Ravensbourne, 6th May

On 6th May I’ll be back in London for visuals duties at Algorave @ Ravensbourne.

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On Friday, May 6th 2016 from 6-11pm Ravensbourne’s new BA Design & Coding course is happy to sponsor the first Algorave@Rave, an audiovisual concert featuring live performers from across the world who elevate coding to an art.

Experimental, algorithm-aided, genre-misled, live-coded sound and visuals from the future coming to life before your eyes; bleeps, crashes, warts and all. Algorave is punk music of the next generation.

The lineup includes RGGTRN, Sam Aaron, Alexandra Cárdenas, Canute and Benoit and the Mandelbrots.

Tickets are just £3.50 and can be bought from here.