Algorave Coventry

An evening of futuristic electronic rhythms, brought to you by some of the leading lights of the Algorave movement, including one of the artists behind our WONDER exhibition, Antonio Roberts. Experience the exciting and unpredictable phenomenon of algorithms brought to life as music and visuals.

“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. lt’s coding as improvisation and experiment..” – The Wire magazine

“Live coders write computer programs live, while the programs generate their music, but the focus is on people dancing and seriously enjoying themselves” – Dazed and Confused

“.. 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

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Happy Mondays: Live coding workshop with Antonio Roberts

In this two-hour workshop Antonio Roberts will introduce you to the world of live coding. After a short look at how artists and musicians use code to make visuals and music in real time at Algoraves, you will have the chance to make your own visuals using the LiveCodeLab tool.

No coding experience necessary!

You will need:

A Windows, Mac or Linux laptop that can connect to the internet Google Chrome https://www.google.com/chrome/ or Firefox https://www.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/

SXSW Future Art And Culture And Immersive Mission Launch Party

This year across Austin and SXSW, Future Art and Culture showcases art, tech and innovation from England through digital installations, VR and mixed reality experiences, provocative discussions and live coding performances.

Join us for drinks, networking and great music to celebrate the launch of the programme and meet our partners from the UKRI Immersive Mission.

Live performances from Yola and AlgoBabez with visuals by hellocatfood.

Presented by Arts Council England, British Underground and UK Research and Innovation.

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!

Libre Graphics Meeting – Live Performance with Visual Programming Languages

Tools for Visual Jockying (VJing) have historically been built to manipulate pre-existing video to create live visuals. Over time more experimental approaches have emerged that focus on using programming languages to create visuals in a live performance environment. Using my experiences of VJing at Algoraves and other live performances as a focal point, I will present a critical insight into some of these tools, consider the benefits of a visual approach to coding, and discuss how typical programming functions can be used to create visuals in a live environment.

All Your Bass Algorave

Algorave breaks down the artificial barriers which many types of music-making software bring, allowing musicians to compose and work live with their music as algorithms. This is no new idea but Algoraves’ focus on humans making and dancing to music leads to a good party.

Algorave Green Man

An algorave is a party where electronic music and visuals are 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 process is opened up by projecting the code on screens in 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.

Algorave – Bluedot Festival

Bluedot with OVO Energy is an award-winning festival of discovery at the grounds of a deep space observatory. Set against a backdrop of the iconic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank, bluedot combines a truly stellar line-up of music with a ground-breaking programme of live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks.

An Algorave is a party where electronic music is generated live from algorithms. The word was coined around 2012, initially as a kind of 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 process is opened up by projecting the code on screens in 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.

Algorave Montreal

Algorave est de retour à Montréal.
Soyez les bienvenus pour danser tout en écoutant des sons et des visages qui palpitent.

Vieux Néant
RGGTRN
Shelly Knotts
Marc Matatya
Yaxu
BunBun
Hellocatfood
yecto
co¥ᄀpt

Thoughts on live coding visuals in Pure Data

I took part in Algorave in Gateshead on 26th April. Apart from being incredibly awesome it was my first time live coding – or rather live patching – visuals in Pure Data from scratch. I emphasise from scratch because nearly all of my performances involve me modifying patches, but never starting with a completely blank canvas. I also occasionally used the HSS3jb as a texture for objects, but never on its own. It’s also great for when crashes occur, which is/was often ;-). Here’s a few sampels of my visuals. Videos by Mariam Rezaei:

I learnt a few things about Pure Data that night, and my general opinion is that it isn’t that great as a live coding visuals tool.

One of first issues is encapsulation of objects. This can be done quite easily but it’s a manual process which would involve cutting all cords and reconstructuring a patch. That is, you would have to cut the selection of objects, paste them into a sub patch and then reattatch it. By way of comparison, Max/MSP has this as a feature already, whereas this isn’t mentioned at all on the bug tracker Feature request is now on the bug tracker. Not being able to auto encapsulate objects makes reuse a bit more difficult and cumbersome, which resulted in some really messy patches from me on the night.

Algorave patches

This also relates to another issue of object insertion. When I was building my patches I would often have to preempt what I would need. I nearly always started with [gemhead]-[translateXYZ]-[rotateXYZ]-[repeat 10]-[rotateXYZ]-[translateXYZ]-[color]-[cube]. Inserting any additional objects required me to cut the cord and therefore the screen output. This would be solved if there were, for example, a method whereby if two objects were selected, the next object was inserted in between them. This is obviously an over-simplified specific use case which would need more thought behind it. Again, no mention of it on the bug tracker. Feature request is now on the bug tracker.

There were other thoughts I had on the night, such as the incosistencies and clumsiness of using the [repeat] object, the lack of a snap-to-grid option for aligning objects, the tiny size of inlets and outlets – even when the ojbects themselves may be huge, which is only exaggerated when using a 13″ 1080p screen, and the lack of a toolbar (yes, I am aware of GUI plugins), but these are the two which I felt would’ve helped me most.

Has much else been written about the use of Pure Data for live coding visuals?