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Workshop for CSIS students - A/V Live Coding Techniques with Alex McLean

Alex McClean

Title: Workshop on A/V Live Coding Techniques
Speaker: Alex McClean
Date: Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th of March 2018 
Venue: CSG-13

The workshop is free but spaces are limited.
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A hands-on workshop, making algorithmic patterns with the free/opensource live coding environment TidalCycles ( ),taught by its instigator Alex McLean. 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.

It would be preferable if you can install this software beforehand (should you have any troubles, Alex will help at the start of the workshop):

TidalCycles, including SuperDirt, and sc3plugins.

Alex McLean Bio
Alex McLean is musician, researcher, software artist, free software developer, 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 with Roger Dean, published in 2018. He is now basedin Sheffield UK, while working as post-doctoral researcher as part of the PENELOPE project lead by Ellen Harlizius-Klück at the DeutschesMuseum, Munich.

Alex has performed live coded music widely since the year 2000, at major festivals including Sonar, Bangface, STRP, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Sonic Acts, No Bounds, Deershed, Bluedot, Tate Modern and Arnolfini. 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 album Spicule.

He performs using the TidalCycles live coding environment, which he instigated around the year 2009 and which has since become an active free/open source software project. Tidal is a language for describing musical pattern, which has lead into Alex's current research position,applying live coding techniques to ancient approaches to textile pattern.

Alex has organised/curated well over a hundred electronic art and music events, including the AlgoMech Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement in 2016 and 2017. Alex co-founded Algorave and TOPLAP movements, as well as the international conferences on Live Coding and Live Interfaces.