Live Coding Network

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sussex
Department Name: Sch of Media, Film and Music

Abstract

This network will take the relatively new field of live coding research to its next development stage and strengthen the UK's position as one of the leading countries in this field. It will bring together researchers from a wide variety of disciplines to explore how live coding can enrich technological engagement in wider culture.

Live coding is a new approach to creative expression using computers. In live coding, the innards of software are exposed and rewired through live, direct, and exploratory use of custom made programming languages. Practitioners perform on stage by writing code that generates the audiovisual work; it is a form of real-time notating or scoring music, visuals, dance or robotics. The screen is projected, enabling the audience to follow the development of the code. Since the computer interprets the code live, every edit to the code is immediately reflected in the musical or visual end result.

Live coding has a strong pedagogical and performance element, and has proven to be applicable right across the arts, research, and industry. Interest in live coding is growing across science, technology and engineering: the digital arts are uniquely placed in the field of technological innovation, as they place the human experience of programming at the core of technological interaction. Live coding is a field where technological development is arts-led, and where computer languages are seen as rich environments for creative expression.

This trans-disciplinary network will bring key researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplines together with the aim of enabling dialogue and research collaboration across academy and industry. The network will serve as a hub for activities in research, development, and education; activities will take place internationally, and be strongly centred within the UK research landscape. Although the network is UK based, it includes leading international researchers in the field, and it will foster for strong international outreach and industry connections, that will support and maintain the UKs leading role as the centre of live coding research and practice.

The network will explore themes of live coding in the arts, computing in education, and cultural engagement. This will be investigated through three workshops, one international conference, and diverse publications. Wider cultural impact will be achieved through industry events, musical performances, media engagement, online fora, software releases, and public workshops. The network will disseminate its research to other researchers and the general public through a strong, open access web-presence.

The past ten years have seen many exciting developments in live coding, which has matured into an established approach in the digital arts, visible across published literature (including a forthcoming Computer Music Journal special issue), academic conferences, digital arts festivals, and in national and international media. Working with the fundamental premise that everybody can program computers, provided that the goals are interesting and the right tools are available, live coding is uniquely placed to bridge relationships across the educational, academic and industry sectors, and contribute to the recent emphasis on programming in the national curriculum.

Planned Impact

Live coding is attracting increasing interest from diverse fields, due to issues around technology, culture, language and creativity that it makes visible. Below, we list the specific Impact Areas (IAs) that will benefit from this research network.

IA1: Cultural and creative industries
Programming is common across the cultural and creative industries, including computer games (see IA3), but also areas such as film animation, architecture, music technology, interactive design and other digital arts practice. By engaging with creative agencies, including project partners Field, academia and industry involve in a bidirectional relationship where both can learn from each other's processes (e.g. http://tinyurl.com/br47jym) by exchanging new technologies and methods. This network will establish strong links between industry and academia through planned activities and online channels that will outlast the project's lifetime.

IA2: Education
Computer programming is now a national priority in government policy and educational curricula (see for example http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16493929). Live coding is of growing interest to this area, with project partner Blackwell working with the Raspberry PI foundation to introduce live coding in schools. Professor Mark Guzdial (recipient of IEEE teaching award for computing education) has demonstrated dramatic impacts on gender balance in higher education, and has publicly stated that live coding in computer science lectures is "best practice".

IA3: Computer Games
Live coding applies to computer games not only to exploratory game design, but the inclusion of programmable behaviour as part of end-user game mechanics. Project partner Griffiths (FoAM) is actively carrying out research into in-game programming languages, with projected impact on the computer games industry, but also the related field of "serious games," where educational topics are explored through playful interfaces. Live coding allows for changing a game in real-time, useful when considering the application domains of serious games (such as key-hole surgery and more).

IA4: Music and Performance Technology
The growth of live coding has benefitted by the thirst for new technology in musical culture, to find new sounds and means of expression. Music technology research is well developed, through academic conferences such as New Interfaces for Musical Expression, and through strong links to a thriving music technology industry. This network will create contexts where live coding is exposed directly to musicians and artists in other performance arts.

IA5: Software engineering
Software engineers have operated with a concept of interactive programming for a while, but in practice this has largely been limited to the debugging of already written code. Live coding brings this practice into a new light, opening up programming as a collaborative activity, enabling groups of programmers to work on running code together. It thus adds a new tool to the research field and practice of Extreme Programming (where two or more programmers collaborate).

IA6: Cognitive neuroscience
The neurological substrates of language is a research interest for many cognitive neuroscientists, such as project partner Benn. Due to the tightly controlled conditions required for experimental methods, such research often focusses on the use of formal language, e.g., mathematics. Live coding is exciting for this field as an example of language use in live, social and creative situations, yet more readily observable than natural language.

IA7: Wider culture
Technology is invading our lives through smartphone apps, on-line social networks and the move towards ubiquitous computing. Live coding presents technology as open, manipulable, and social. The importance of this is recognised by cultural researchers such as the Participatory IT group in Aarhus, who are now investigating participatory design of programming languages.

Publications

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Collins N (2014) Algorave: A survey of the history, aesthetics and technology of live performance of algorithmic electronic dance music in Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

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Hession P (2014) Extending Instruments with Live Algorithms in a Percussion / Code Duo in Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary Convention of the AISB: Live Algorithms

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Magnusson T (2014) Herding Cats: Observing Live Coding in the Wild in Computer Music Journal

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Magnusson T (2016) Writing with shaky hands in International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media

 
Title Algorave in Brighton 
Description The Algorave club night in Brighton was held the night before our Live Coding and the Body symposium, as a way of welcoming the participants to the city, to the symposium. Some of the symposium participants performed in the event. The event was attended by diverse people, and included a strong group of international performers. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact After the club night, we had various enquiries from the public regarding how to get started in live coding. 
URL http://algorave.com/brighton/
 
Title Live coding performances by Alex McLean during 2014 
Description A range of solo and collaborative live coding performances by Alex McLean, using his free/open source Tidal live coding software. 22/Feb/14 - White building, London with Leafcutter John 12/Mar/14 - iFIMPAC Leeds, Canute performance Matthew Yee-King 15/Mar/14 - Site Gallery Sheffield, Sound Choreography Body Code with Kate Sicchio 19/Mar/14 - Rhizome, New Museum, New York - Remote (streamed) solo performance 22/Mar/14 - Amsterdam Algorave, OCCII with FIBER and STEIM, Canute performance (w/ Matthew Yee-King) 02/Apr/14 - Live Algorithms workshop, AISB, Improv with Paul Hession 26/Apr/14 - Algorave Gateshead, Old Police House, Algorithmic Yorkshire (live code collab with Ash Sagar) 26/Apr/14 - Maker Faire UK, Newcastle, solo performance 17/May/14 - Antwerp Trix, solo remote streamed performance 20/May/14 - Thinking Digital Arts, performance with Dave Griffiths 23/May/14 - TransX transmission art symposium, performance with David Ogborn and Eldad Tsabary 10/Jun/14 - ISCMME Leeds, performance with Greta Eacott 03/Jul/14 - NIME London, Corsica Studios, Canute performance Matthew Yee-King 06/Jul/14 - Audacious Space, LUD performance with Adam Denton 08/Jul/14 - Manchester Algorave, Deaf Institute, solo performance 19/Jul/14 - Access Space Digithon Sheffield, solo performance 27/Jul/14 - Tramlines festival, Millennium Galleries Sheffield, LUD performance with Adam Denton 29/Aug/14 - Electromagnetic Field festival, Milton Keynes, solo performance 05/Sep/14 - Konstepidemin gallery, Gothenburg, solo performance 20/Sep/14 - Remote (streamed) solo performance, Wallriss Fribourg, remote streamed performance 26/Sep/14 - Network Music Festival, Canute performance Matthew Yee-King 04/Oct/14 - Fierce Festival, Birmingham, solo performance 25/Oct/14 - March of the Robots festival, Leeds, Slub performance with Dave Griffiths 28/Oct/14 - Algorave Ghent, Solo performance 13/Nov/14 - Torque Liverpool, Canute performance with Matthew Yee-King 22/Nov/14 - International Conference on Live Interfaces, Lisbon, solo performance 14/Dec/14 - Hack Circus, Showrooms Sheffield, solo performance 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Reaching thousands of people in a range of performances, including electronic dance music, free jazz improv and choreographic works. 
URL http://slab.org/events/
 
Title Live coding performances by Alex McLean during 2015 
Description Solo and Collaborative performance using my free/open source Tidal live coding environment. 17/Jan/15, Algorave Karlsruhe, Germany, Canute performance w/ Matthew Yee-King 20/Feb/15, Electric Spring festival, Huddersfield, solo performance 20/Mar/15, Sound as Being, Lancaster, Remote multichannel live coding 20/Mar/15, Computer club algorave, Sheffield, Canute performnace w/ Matthew Yee-King) 11/Apr/15, Furtherfield gallery London, Remote (streamed) solo performance, Torque exhibition 09/May/15, Munich Kunstareal festival, performance with Dave Griffiths and Ellen Harlizius-Klück 29/May/15, South Bank Centre London, Shared buffer performance with Matthew Yee-King, David Ogborn, Eldad Tsabury, Alexandra Cardenas and Ian Jarvis 12/Jun/15, Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield, performance Anticipation performance with Alex Keegan 26/Jun/15, xCoAx Glasgow 2015, solo performance 11/Jul/15, Algorave, Access Space, Sheffield, solo performance 14/Aug/15, International Symposium on Electronic Art, Vancouver, solo performance 07/Sep/15, British Science Festival, Bradford, solo performance More information 11/Sep/15, IBC Hackfest, Amsterdam, Remote (streamed) solo performance 18/Sep/15, Incubate Festival Tilburg, Canute performance w/ Matthew Yee-King 22/Sep/15, Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania, in collaboration with David Littler 27/Sep/15, International Computer Music Conference, Denton, Texas. Shared buffer network performance with David Ogborn, Alexandra Cardenas, Eldad Tsabary 10/Oct/15, Algorave Sheffield, Connect the Dots festival, solo performance 12/Nov/15, Manchester Algorave, Texture, solo performance 18/Dec/15, Powerlunches London, solo performance 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Thousands of people reached through many performances. 
URL http://slab.org/events/
 
Title Performance artwork: Sound Choreographer <> Body Code 
Description A performance developed between choreographer, dancer and senior lecturer Dr Kate Sicchio and live coder, musician and research fellow Dr Alex McLean, where choreographic and musical notations are connected during a live performance, between coder and dancer. This work has been performed at major venues in London, Manchester, Sheffield and Frankfurt as well as published in academic venues. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Engaged with 100s of audience members, contributed to motion:bank project in Frankfurt. 
URL http://blog.sicchio.com/?page_id=350
 
Title Performance at the Encounters Film Festival in Bristol 
Description This performance was part of an evening with four acts. It took place in the concert venue at Arnolfini. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Connected with other artists and promoted live coding as a performance method. 
URL http://encounters-festival.org.uk/news/events/cine-seizure/
 
Title Threnoscope at Transmute 
Description Live coding performance at the Transmute event which was part of the 2014 Brighton Digital Festival. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Two collaborations came out of this performance, one with a visual designer (live drawing), and one with a brain scientist. 
URL http://www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk/events/transmute-at-phoenix-arts/
 
Title Two Live coding performances at La Escucha Errante festival 
Description La Escucha Errante is a yearly music festival in Bilbao, organised by the Conservatory of Bilbao and the University of the Basque Country. Thor Magnusson performed with the Threnoscope live coding system, together with Iñigo Ibaibarriaga on Saxophone. He later performed with the ixi lang live coding system, during the Algorumba session. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact The performances gave a good idea of how live coding happens in performance contexts. Audience members were interested and our software has been downloaded multiple times as a result of these performances. We have also been invited to perform in other festivals in the Basque Country as a result of this trip. 
URL http://laboratorioklem.com/Espacio_klem_2014.html
 
Title Two Live coding performances at the 2014 Dark Music Days in Iceland 
Description Thor Magnusson performed two concerts the first one a three hour live coding performance using the Threnoscope, collaborating with nine classical music performers. The other concert was in the evening, where ixi lang was used for some beat based performance. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact These two concerts introduced live coding to audiences in Iceland. The ixi lang is now used as part of curriculum in the Icelandic Music Academy. 
URL http://darkmusicdays.is
 
Description The two years of AHRC-funded Live Coding Research Network activities were activity packed. We run four symposia, various workshops, concerts and an international conference. Most importantly, we have managed to consolidate a large group of international researchers from diverse disciplines (e.g., music, art, computing, psychology, education) that are now connected through stronger ties by means of diverse media platforms. Diverse participants in the LCRN activities have established their own research projects as a result of the network. Thanks to high-profile research and media presence, the public has become strongly aware of live coding as a method for artistic performance, suffice to mention examples from this week (February 29th, 2016) where Dr Alex McLean's live coding activities are featured in The Wire Magazine (www.thewire.co.uk) and Dr Sam Aaron is interviewed on BBC about the Sonic Pi live coding language, which runs on the popular Raspberry Pi computer. We are happy to witness that the concept of "Algorave" as a distinct music genre is gaining a place in public consciousness. (see www.algorave.com) (see also the following Guardian article: https://www.theguardian.com/music/video/2017/nov/30/run-the-code-is-algorave-the-future-of-dance-music) Participants in the network have been highly active in organising public events: talks, residencies, workshops, performances, concerts, hackathons. These events have been impactful in that they engage the public and we have seen a considerable increase in live coding activities during the two years that we've run the network. The term "live coding" is increasingly being used in the context of IT education, and young people are engaging with this field through diverse means, for example live coding events within the Minecraft virtual world. We are happy to have observed an interest in live coding from hearing and visually impaired people. At our first symposium event in Brighton, a profoundly deaf musician gave their first performance by means of live coding. This person reports that seeing the code helps him to understand other people's music and perform his own. Our own (McLean and Magnusson's) live coding environments, Tidal, ixi lang and the Threnoscope, have now established userbases. Several people have used this software as platforms for research, and thousands of people are using it to make music including many performances and several album releases. Finally, as a result of this network, a few members from the network are co-writing a book on live coding for MIT Press. This is due to be published in 2019.
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Computer/Curator award
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation Sound and Music 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2014 
End 03/2015
 
Description PENELOPE: A study of weaving as a technical mode of existence
Amount € 1,943,771 (EUR)
Funding ID 682711 
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 12/2016 
End 11/2021
 
Title Live coding research development 
Description The development of Live Coding as an academic research network with close ties to the TOPLAP network of practitioners 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Ongoing connections between developers, artists, researchers and other practitioners interested in live coding. 
URL http://toplap.org
 
Description Collaboration with National Organisations 
Organisation British Science Association
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution A two-way exchange in collaborating in events.
Collaborator Contribution See above.
Impact The Sonic Pattern symposia in collaboration with Crafts Council UK An Algorave at the British Science Festival with the British Science Association Our final symposium and an evening of live coding performances at Somerset House London with the Sound and Music UK agency for New Music. A talk at their annual conference and co-hosting our final event with Sound and Music with the Open Data Institute
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with National Organisations 
Organisation Crafts Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution A two-way exchange in collaborating in events.
Collaborator Contribution See above.
Impact The Sonic Pattern symposia in collaboration with Crafts Council UK An Algorave at the British Science Festival with the British Science Association Our final symposium and an evening of live coding performances at Somerset House London with the Sound and Music UK agency for New Music. A talk at their annual conference and co-hosting our final event with Sound and Music with the Open Data Institute
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with National Organisations 
Organisation Open Data Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution A two-way exchange in collaborating in events.
Collaborator Contribution See above.
Impact The Sonic Pattern symposia in collaboration with Crafts Council UK An Algorave at the British Science Festival with the British Science Association Our final symposium and an evening of live coding performances at Somerset House London with the Sound and Music UK agency for New Music. A talk at their annual conference and co-hosting our final event with Sound and Music with the Open Data Institute
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with National Organisations 
Organisation Sound and Music
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution A two-way exchange in collaborating in events.
Collaborator Contribution See above.
Impact The Sonic Pattern symposia in collaboration with Crafts Council UK An Algorave at the British Science Festival with the British Science Association Our final symposium and an evening of live coding performances at Somerset House London with the Sound and Music UK agency for New Music. A talk at their annual conference and co-hosting our final event with Sound and Music with the Open Data Institute
Start Year 2014
 
Title Threnoscope 
Description The Threnoscope system implements a live coding mini-language for drone-based microtonal composition. It is a system built in SuperCollider and makes use its powerful audio server to run complex synth instances that can be controlled through the interface modalities. The design goal was to create a helpful graphical representation of the sonic texture in microtonal drone music. The system notates selected features of the drones, such as the spatial location, pitch, amplitude, filtering, and other parameters in a two dimensional score. Instead of the traditional linear score, the Threnoscope is circular, where drones (or the notes) circumnavigate a multichannel pitch space. The piece is composed for multichannel surround where the idea is to visualise the location of sound in space 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2014 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The software has been used in performances. Various composers have expressed interest in composing a piece for the system and this will be explored in the coming months. 
URL http://vimeo.com/63335988
 
Title Tidal 
Description Live coding language for performance of music 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2013 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact A worldwide community of practice developing around the software, including one user in the US who won a national composition prize using it. 
URL http://tidal.lurk.org
 
Title Tidal 0.7 
Description Domain specific language for the live coding of pattern. Version 0.7 includes much enhanced functionality for composition and improvisation, and tight integration with the SuperCollider language. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2015 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Hundreds of users, many performances and music releases. 
URL http://tidal.lurk.org
 
Description ACM SIGPLAN International Workshop on Functional Art, Music, Modelling and Design 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Alex McLean chaired the 2nd edition in October
2014, Gothenburg, and is now on the steering committee of this annual
workshop co-located with the International Conference on Functional
Programming, which includes an evening of live coding and algorithmic
music performance, open to the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://functional-art.org/
 
Description Brighton Mini Maker Faire 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact As part of the yearly run Brighton Mini Maker Faire (a DIY technology event aimed at young people), we ran a hands-on introduction on live coding music and using open source software. The software introduced will be ixi lang and Sonic Pi. Participants will get familiar with both environments, and equipped for further explorations of musical composition and performance.

We had about two hundred participants over the day, who got into live coding music in a lab filled with computers. We had three young tutors with us: boys and girls from the age of 10 to 16. The young people who participated in the event reported that they enjoyed creating music through code and that they had not imagined that it would be this easy. We also saw a considerable increase in downloads of the ixi lang software after the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://miptl.org/site/live-coding/brighton-mini-maker-faire-live-coding-music-in-5-minutes-bring-you...
 
Description Conference talk at the Musical Materialities Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact The paper, The Materiality of Code in Computer Music: On Metaphors and the States of Gates, introduced live coding to a wide range of music theorists.

People expressed interest in live coding as a performance method.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://reframe.sussex.ac.uk/musmat/conference/
 
Description International Conference on Live Interfaces 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The 3rd International Conference on Live Interfaces was held at the University of Sussex's Attenborough Centre between June 28th - July 3rd. The conference focusses on the role of the live interface in the performing arts. The keynotes this year were magician Stuart Nolan, instrument maker Kristina Andersen, and puppeteer Roman Paska.

The conference took take place at the University of Sussex in June, 2016. This biennial conference brought together people working with live interfaces in the performing arts, including music, the visual arts, dance, puppetry, robotics or games. The conference scope was highly interdisciplinary but with a focus on interface technologies of expression in the area of performance. Topics of liveness, immediacy, presence (and tele-presence), mediation, collaboration and timing or flow were engaged with and questioned in order to gain a deeper understanding of the role contemporary media technologies play in human expression.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.liveinterfaces.org
 
Description Live Audiovisual Coding Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This workshop in audiovisual live coding, given by the Thor Magnusson, introduced live coding to animators and audiovisual artists in the Bristol area. The workshop was part of the Encounters Film Festival, so it had a moving image emphasis.

Some participants downloaded the live coding systems taught: ixi lang and SuperCollider and are now using them in their work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/live-audiovisual-coding-workshop
 
Description Live Coding Presentation and Workshop at MediaLab Prado, Madrid 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Medialab-Prado in Madrid regularly organises live coding events. Thor Magnusson presented his work on live coding research and notation: ixiQuarks, ixi lang and Threnoscope software demonstrated, and then a SuperCollider workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://medialab-prado.es/article/visitantes-de-live-coding-en-madrid
 
Description Live Coding related interviews with Alex McLean 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Emily Bick, Pattern Recognition, The Wire, March 2016
Estoteric codes interview with Daniel Temkin, December 2015
Dr Sarah Bell, Live coding brings programming to life, British
Science Association blog, September 2015
Live coding and algorave, a composer-curator guest post on the Sound
and Music sampler blog, February 2015
Jakob Bauer, Dancing the Code radio interview, Der junge Kulturkanal,
January 2015
Alejandro Tauber, Coden in de club, April 2014
Ebony Nembhard, Headsup. Algorave, Now Then magazine, March 2014
Conversation between Kate Sicchio and Alex McLean, Hack Circus, March 2014
Paul Squires, In conversation with Kate Sicchio and Alex McLean,
Imperica, March 2014
Robert Barry, I For One Welcome Our New Robot Vocal Cords: Radical
Computer Music, The Quietus, February 2014
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
URL http://slab.org/interviews-etc/
 
Description Live coding related talks by Alex McLean in 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talks by Alex McLean on the topic of Live Coding at a range of venues during 2014.

23/Mar/14 - Keynote talk, STEIM Amsterdam
30/Apr/14 - Torque symposium, Liverpool
19/May/14 - British Academy event "External Engagement in the Arts and
Humanities", York
21/May/14 - Culture Lab, Newcastle
25/May/14 - Connect the Dots festival, Sheffield
21/Aug/14 - dotdotdot, onedotzero, London
12/Oct/14 - Cheltenham Festival of Literature
20/Nov/14 - Make:Shift - Craft Council conference
26/Nov/14 - University of York
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://slab.org/events/
 
Description Live coding related talks by Alex McLean in 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A range of talks by Alex McLean on the topic of Live coding during 2015

03/Nov/15, Panel session at Open Data Institute summit, London
21/Sep/15, Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania
07/Sep/15, Award lecture, British Science Festival, Bradford
27/May/15, "Textility of Live Code" at the 2nd Workshop on Philosophy of Human+Computer Interaction, Sheffield
20/Mar/15, Talk about live code and looms at Dorkbotsheffield #8, Access Space Sheffield
16/Apr/15, Talk and panel session on live coding, Resonate festival, Belgrade
26/Feb/15, Research seminar in School of Music, University of Leeds: "Live coding of music; a window into creative collaboration?"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://slab.org/events/
 
Description Mass media engagement with live coding 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A range of mass media interviews and other coverage of live coding, on TV, in print and online, including:

Tracks, Live Coding and Algorave feature, Arte TV (France and Germany), January 2014
Robert Barry, I For One Welcome Our New Robot Vocal Cords: Radical Computer Music, The Quietus, February 2014
Paul Squires, In conversation with Kate Sicchio and Alex McLean, Imperica, March 2014
Conversation between Kate Sicchio and Alex McLean, Hack Circus, March 2014
Ebony Nembhard, Headsup. Algorave, Now Then magazine, March 2014
Alejandro Tauber, Coden in de club, Vice (Motherboard), April 2014

Broad interest in live coding and the development of Algorave as an international movement, now developing towards a musical genre in its own right.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Sonic Pattern and the textility of code 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A collaboration between Alex McLean and Karen Gaskill (director of the Innovation Programme
at the Crafts Council and independent curator), bringing digital and textile arts
and crafts together in philosophical engagement. These events took
place 30/Apr/14 London, 17/Jun/15 Sheffield and 21-22/Sep/15 Kaunas,
with more events to follow.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
URL http://sonicpattern.com/
 
Description Tidal and ixi lang workshop at Access Space in Sheffield 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact This workshop introduced two mini languages for live coding - Tidal and ixi lang. The PI and the Co-I are working on a research paper relating to teaching these languages and the workshop finished with an evaluative discussion afterwards as well as filling out an online questionnaire.


This workshop got people interested and up and running with these new live coding environments. People have kept in touch after the workshops and participated in later events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.netbehaviour.org/pipermail/netbehaviour/20131211/030526.html
 
Description Tidal and ixi lang workshop at dotBrighton 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact This workshop introduced two mini languages for live coding - Tidal and ixi lang. The PI and the Co-I are working on a research paper relating to teaching these languages and the workshop finished with an evaluative discussion afterwards as well as filling out an online questionnaire.

This workshop got people interested and up and running with these new live coding environments. People have kept in touch after the workshops and participated in later events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.livecodenetwork.org/event/hands-on-workshop-live-coding-with-ixi-lang-and-tidal/