Introduction to Live Coding with Alex Mclean
A three hour, hands-on workshop, making algorithmic patterns with the free/open source live coding environment TidalCycles, taught by its creator Alex McLean. Whether they just want to explore strange patterns for themselves, or perform live at algorithmic raves, participants will explore ways to create complex patterns from simple parts. The workshop will be accessible to all, no prior experience with code or music necessary.
"Tidal uses simple, one-word commands to apply functions to a pattern ... Complexity emerges from simple instructions. With a few keystrokes, McLean transforms an arpeggio and a simple set of beats into complex polyrhythms that pan in decaying arcs across speakers. ... It's pure concentration and flow, and in an algorave setting it can throw up quite a few surprises." Emily Bick, Wire Magazine.
About the Tinderbox Lab
Location: Tinderbox Lab is in Custom House. For access please come to the front steps/foyer of the building and ring the buzzer marked Tinderbox. Custom House also has level access which we can arrange.
** Our tickets prices are subsidised but if the price is prohibitive and you would otherwise like to come, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us (lab(at)tinderboxproject.co.uk) and we will help out .
Please bring along a laptop with
If you are unable to bring your own equipment please get in touch with us, as we have spares we can lend you.
If you need any other help with any of this just let us know at lab(at)tinderboxcollective.org
Alex McLean is a musician, researcher, software artist and event organiser. He completed his thesis “Artist Programmers and Programming Languages for the Arts” in 2011, in Goldsmiths, University of London, and co-edited the Oxford Handbook on Algorithmic Music. He is now based in Sheffield UK, while working part-time as post-doctoral researcher as part of the PENELOPE project at Deutsches Museum, Munich. Alex has probably organised hundreds of electronic art and music events, including the AlgoMech Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement, reaching its fourth edition in 2020. Alex co-founded Algorave and TOPLAP movements, as well as the international conferences on Live Coding and Live Interfaces.
Alex has performed live coded music widely since the year 2000, at major venues including Sonar, Bangface, STRP, Glastonbury, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Sonic Acts, No Bounds, Deershed, Bluedot, and Tate Modern. He maintains several performance collaborations including as Slub and CCAI, and also performs solo as Yaxu. He releases live coded music on Sheffield’s Computer Club label, including his forthcoming (slightly delayed) album Spicule.
He performs using the TidalCycles live coding environment, which he first created around the year 2009 and which has since become an active free/open source software project used by thousands of people around the world.