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 | T.mo | 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.

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!

Algorave VR Vol. 2 >UXR.zone Cyber Yatch

READY FOR THIS SATURDAY? 🌎🌍🌏
@ALGORAVE VR cyber yatch Vol. 2

Enter in the yatch here
https://bit.ly/UXRcyberYacht

SEE YOU ON THE YACHT
on May 2, 2020. Starting at 19:00 CEST (UTC +2)

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

L&S@B #5 – Phoxii/Yaxu & Hellocatfood/Wiseman & Femmodaddy/Cool

Streaming across Backbone’s social channels
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BackboneYouthArts/live
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQF46st8asg9UWeXqkD99ew/
Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/backboneya/

All artists streaming from their homes. We are taking donations for the event so if you can afford to please dontate to paypal.me/backbone – suggested donation $10, money split between artists and venue.

Yaxu & Hellocatfood
Yaxu, aka Alex McLean, makes live techno with his handmade programming language TidalCycles, using a technique called “Live Coding”. He has been performing with such algorithmic music since the year 2000, co-founding Algorave in 2011, an algorithmic dance music movement which has already spread to over ten countries.
hellocatfood is the alias of Antonio Roberts, an artist and curator based in Birmingham, UK. For his live performances he uses software including Pure Data to explore the creative potential of algorithms, glitches, and feedback loops. He has provided visuals for the likes of MTV, Com Truise, Blood Sport, Steve Davis, Renick Bell and My Panda Shall Fly and at events including SXSW, Supersonic Festival, Barbican, Green Man festival and more.

Portfolio

Open Data Institute online: Algorave takeover

An algorave is where people write code, that makes music and visuals for people to dance to. The coders’ screens are shown, so you can watch them write code as a performing art.

Join genuine Algorave legends Antonio Roberts and Alex McLean with this special online live coding collaboration from their home studios in Birmingham and Sheffield, respectively. If you feel like dancing, this could be a great opportunity for a Thursday workout!

In line with our Data as Culture “Copy that!” theme, Antonio and Alex will be working with sounds contributed by ODI Members and staff, forming a strange collaborative drum kit.