Experience music and visuals generated by code, projected for your pleasure. Algorave is a combination of “algorithms” and “rave”, the opportunity to dance to alien rhythms and freaky visuals, all created from code before your eyes.

The Algorave scene is fast-growing around the world, with Sheffield a strong centre, building on its fine roots in electronic music history.

DEEP PLAY: Algorave Closing Party

Join us for an online Algorave dance party to celebrate the SPACE Art + Technology DEEP PLAY residency.

*** NOTE: Please book your free place for this event by 15:00 GMT 19.02.21 to receive the YouTube streaming link in time. ***

Join us for the closing of the Deep Play Showcase with a live streamed evening of Algorave audio-visual performances.

Starting in London, the Algorave movement incorporates live coding into music and visual making, projecting the results for the audience in real-time.

Algoraves embrace the sounds of raves from the past and introduce alien, futuristic rhythms made through this strange, algorithm-aided process. It’s up to those on the dance floor to help the musicians make sense of the sounds and do the real creative work in making a great party.

Celebrating the end of our six-month residency process exploring the intersections between technology and artistic practice, the Algorave movement encompasses the ethos of experimentation that the SPACE Art + Tech programme reflects.

The Algorave will take place inside SPACE’s new virtual event room in Mozilla Hubs, and will be live streamed on YouTube, launching a new era for SPACE in supporting artists working at the cutting edge of digital technology.

Performing artists



Eye Measure

Hello Cat Food

(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!

Ars Electronica – Copy Paste

Piksel Cyber Salon – Piksel Fest Spill 2020 / COPY PASTE exhibition / Hackteria & Badlab

Piksel is an international network and annual event for electronic art and technological freedom. Part workshop, part festival, it is organized in Bergen, Norway, and involves participants from more than a dozen countries exchanging ideas, coding, presenting art and software projects, doing workshops, performances and discussions on the aesthetics and politics of free technologies.

Piksel participates in the unofficial parallel activities around the Bergen International Festival. We call this new initiative Piksel Fest Spill. The goal of this new program is to add electronic performances to the art scene during the most international season in Bergen, May/June.

Piksel Fest Spill 2020 is premiering the Piksel Cyber Salon. Designed by the Mexican artist Malitzin Cortés, the virtual venue hosts COPY PASTE, an exhibition featuring the work of five artists who all make copying a core aspect of their work. The exhibition aims to show that copying is natural, and to rethink the way we create/share/copy and paste.

Piksel presents a video program and a Live Coding ALGORAVE. The Worship – Dinner Performance, an original idea from Maya Minder, Hackteria, takes elements of #asrm (autonomous sensory meridian response) as a way to explore the online broadcasting of emotions through sound. The Authors of the Future. Re-imagining Copyleft lecture, by Constant, is about authors’ licensing. The curator’s tour will be led by Antonio Roberts, who will participate in the ALGORAVE with Alex McLean.

Network Music Festival – NMF x TOPLAP Berlin Algorave

A special Algorave to launch the brand new Toplap Berlin VR space in Mozilla Hubs.

An algorave is an event where people dance to music generated from algorithms, often using live coding techniques. Algoraves can include a range of styles, including a complex form of minimal techno, and the the movement has been described as a meeting point of hacker philosophy, geek culture, and clubbing. At an algorave, the computer musician may not be the main point of focus for the audience and instead, attention maybe centered on a screen that displays live coding, that is the process of writing source code, so the audience can not just dance or listen to the music generated by the source code but also to see the process of programming.

The performers at this event are:

Redes De Nadie | αℓõm | Codie | Caider | Aleksandr Yakunichev & Violetta Postnova | Atsushi Tadokoro | hellocatfood+mxwx+The Animalizer | IGnoto | RAW | Royal Laptop Squad | | Alo x digital selves

AMRO20 – Nightline

Trial#1, Wolfgang Spahn, Post-Bio-Internet Collective, Antonio Roberts, Alexandra Cardenas

AMRO20 Nightline is streamed by dorfTV and radio FRO.

Algorave VR Vol. 2 > Cyber Yatch

@ALGORAVE VR cyber yatch Vol. 2

Enter in the yatch here

on May 2, 2020. Starting at 19:00 CEST (UTC +2)

#livecoding Algorave Toplap #Toplap_Berlin
Toplap Mexico #creativecoding #avatarparty

Github Satellite

Join us here on May 6 for a free virtual event featuring developers working together on the world’s software, announcements from the GitHub team, and inspiring performances by artists who code.

An Algorave performance lockdown style, transmitted live from the UK, with visuals from Antonio Roberts (aka hellocatfood) and music from Alex McLean (aka yaxu), all live coded. All code will be shared live, as it’s created and manipulated, for your pleasure!