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.


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.

Eulerroom Equinox 2020 – hellocatfood & mxwx

Antonio Roberts (hellocatfood) and Maria Witek (mxwx) use Troop + Tidal Cycles to collaboratively live code experimental techno. Both relatively new to live coding music, they are working together to develop a high energy aesthetic that is both heavy and groovy.

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 ÂŁ15 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 Cafe Oto

Nearly ten years on since the first Algorave, worldwide instantiations of the event continue to connect an international community of audio-visual artists experimenting and playing with algorithmic tools. Algorave spans programming paradigms to celebrate the collaborative culture of open source and experimental sound while maintaining a strong root in dance music, making it a space naturally inclined to share, teach, and encourage self-learning. Algorave is many things and continues to evolve. Many parties, workshops, meet-ups, and festivals later, Algorave remains a lively crossing point for experimentation, but more importantly for fun.

Bringing this ethos to Cafe Oto, the evening will showcase work by audio and visual artists:

Deep Vain
Eye Measure
Jude Marcella
Mahalia Henry-Richards
Miri Kat
Renick Bell
Seth de Silva

+ special DJ set from hmurd

Expect a relaxed atmosphere and quick-fire sets from ambient to gabber and back. At its best, Algorave softens the tech wall of mystery, opening exchange between performers and audience.



“.. not so much a revolution as a de-volution, a rolling back to the backend of music production, where the possibilities of the encoded information inside computer software is open and endless” – Mixmag

Algorave Berlin

live algorithmic beats and visuals

Antonio Roberts
Olivia Jack

Alexandra Cárdenas
Calum Gunn
Digital Selves
Ein Wald
Nancy Drone
Patrick Borgeat
Renick Bell
+ special guest


Algorave with Alexandra Cárdenas and Antonio Roberts

Algorave – a combination of “algorithm” and “rave” – is a new model for club nights: Sounds and visuals are programmed live and algorithmic music production made visible on the screen. In addition to experimentation and enthusiasm for the overall audiovisual experiences, the algorave scene also embraces community, diversity and the absence of advertising. The first Algoraves held in Sheffield in 2012 led to a movement; the parties are now held all over the world. Alexandra Cárdenas and Antonio Roberts are among Algorave’s pioneers. Cárdenas, a composer, musician and programmer, uses open source software to examine the musicality of code and the algorithmic behavior of music. Following her classical music training in Bogotá she switched to experimental electronics and live coding – first in Mexico City and currently in Berlin. Antonio Roberts deals with intellectual property in the context of digital technologies. Works by the Birmingham based artist and curator have been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Barbican Centre and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work on authorship and open source software resonates in the Algoraves where Roberts allows the dancers to watch as he creates and edits visuals in real time.