Guest Conductor: Live Coding with Antonio Roberts

Antonio Roberts will show you the ways artists are using code to make music and visuals and how to do it yourself! This live stream is a fundraiser for Coders of Colour, please donate if you are able!

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

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All artists streaming from their homes. We are taking donations for the event so if you can afford to please dontate to – 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.