[NetBehaviour] Drawing, Weaving, and Speaking Live Generative Music
netbehaviour at furtherfield.org
Wed Jul 17 23:33:22 CEST 2013
Drawing, Weaving, and Speaking Live Generative Music (workshop led by
This workshop will explore alternative strategies for creating live
sound. We will make connections between generative code and our
perception of music, using metaphors of speech, knitting and shape, and
playing with code as material. We will take a fresh look at generative
systems, not through formal understanding but just by trying things out.
Through the sessions (Symbols, Words, Language, Notation), we will work
up through the layers of generative code. We will take a side look at
symbols, inventing alphabets and drawing sound. We will string symbols
together into words, exploring their musical properties, and how they
can be interpreted by computers. We will weave words into the patterns
of language, as live generation and transformation of musical patterns.
We will learn how generative code is like musical notation, and how one
can come up with live coding environments that are more like graphical
During the workshop, the participants will visit systems like Python,
Supercollider, Haskell, OpenFrameworks, Processing and OpenCV, as well
as experiment with more esoteric interfaces.
Tutor: Alex McLean [ http://yaxu.org ]
Alex McLean is a live coder, software artist and researcher based in
Sheffield UK. He is one third of the live coding group Slub, getting
crowds to dance to algorithms at festivals across Europe. He promotes
anthropocentric technology as co-founder of the ChordPunch record label,
of event promoters Algorave, the TOPLAP live coding network and the
Dorkbot electronic art meetings in Sheffield and London. Alex is a
research fellow in Human/Technology Interface within the
Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in Music, University of
Level: Introductory/intermediate. Prior programming experience is not
Tuesday 23.07.2013, 17:00-21:00h
Thursday 25.07.2013, 17:00-21:00h
Saturday 27.07.2013, 12:00-18:00h
Monday 29.07.2013, 17:00-21:00h
Wednesday 31.07.2013, 17:00-21:00h
Location: Hangar. Passatge del Marquès de Santa Isabel, 40. Barcelona.
Participants will need to bring a laptop (preferably a PC, or a Mac able
to boot off a DVD), an external webcam and a pair of headphones.
To sign up, please send an email to info at lullcec.org with a brief text
outlining your background and motivation for attending the workshop.
Note that applications won’t be accepted if candidates are unable to
commit to attending the course in its entirety.
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