TidalCycles Workshop with Alex McLean
TidalCycles (or Tidal for short) is a language for exploring pattern, a bit like knitting patterns but for music. In a way it is a Luddite system, a stripping away of graphical user interfaces to reveal the underlying computer as a machine made entirely from patterns of language, and using those patterns to create music. Through this workshop we'll be exploring the sonic complexities that can emerge from simple code, and in particular, patterns of repetition, symmetry and interference. The workshop will be accessible to people who have not coded before, the workshop will be about live coding of music, and not software engineering. You will hopefully leave with in-depth insights into the nature of pattern, and how TidalCycles can allow you to work with code as material, in order to create music beyond your imagination.
Making people dance to code since the year 2001, Alex combines music, art, research and event organisation to try to work out and re-imagine what computer programming is for. Alex likes organising messed-up events, co-founding the algorave and TOPLAP movements, the AlgoMech festival, the Runme.org software art repository, and helping bring the Dorkbot and Placard headphone events to the UK. He performs live coded music widely including as part of Slub and Canute, performing solo as Yaxu releasing music on the Computer Club label, and instigated the free/open source live coding project TidalCycles (http://tidalcycles.org). Alex is based in Sheffield UK, working for the research institute in the Deutsches Museum in Munich, using live coding techniques to explore the ancient thought processes of textile weavers.
Costs: £120 or £90 Concessions- Please pay via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
using Tidalcycles as a reference