ALGORAVE Symposium

March 23rd, 2014 3:00 pm 
STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam

On Saturday 22 March, FIBER and STEIM join forces to present the Netherlands’ very first Algorithmic Rave. The day after the event we are going to host a small symposium, reflecting on the phenomena of ‘Livecoding’ and ‘Algorave’ in todays cultural landscape


Alex McLean and Marcel Wierckx have both been active in the field of livecoding for several years now. For some reason though, the practice of livecoding seems draw a lot of attention lately. Through two keynote presentations and a performance by Marije Baalman we hope to provide context to these developments.

DATE: 23rd of March, 2014
TIME: 15:00 / 18:00
COST: €8
LOCATION: STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam


Alex McLean
Alex McLean is a musician and researcher based in Yorkshire, UK. He live codes with his Tidal mini-language including as part of Slub (with Dave Griffiths and Adrian Ward), Canute (with Yee-King), the Hession/McLean Duo (with Paul Hession), and Sound Choreography Body Code (with Kate Sicchio). He is co-founder of Algorave, TOPLAP, the AHRC Live Coding Research Network, ChordPunch recordings, and the dorkbotsheffield and dorkbotlondon meetings. Alex completed his PhD thesis “Artist-Programmers and Programming Languages for the Arts” in 2011 at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is now Research Fellow and Deputy Director of ICSRiM in the School of Music, University of Leeds.

Marcel Wierckx
What is the question to which Live Coding is the answer?
How can we broaden the appeal of Live Coding, and why should we?
Marcel Wierckx is a sound and video artist who creates music and image for concert, film, theatre and dance. He recently created the music and sound design for Chunky Move’s critically acclaimed dance productions 247 Days and An Act of Now, which was awarded the Age Critic’s Award in 2012. Wierckx regularly presents his work at festivals and conferences around the world, including the International Computer Music Conference, the International Society of Contemporary Music World Music Days, the STRP Festival and the MFRU International Festival of Computer Arts. His audiovisual composition Zwarte Ruis Witte Stilte (Black Noise White Silence) has been released on the 12K/Line041 Optofonica DVD. Wierckx is currently a lecturer in live electronic music at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music.


Marije Baalman
Marije Baalman is an artist and researcher/developer working in the field of interactive sound art. She has a diverse background in physics, sound and sensor technologies, and has worked in the field of interactive sound art, making installations and performances (dance/music). In her artistic work she is interested in the realtime components of the work, in that nothing is precomposed as such, but rather the sonic or light output depends on realtime interactions, be it of the performer or of the audience.

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The concept of this livecoding performance is to only use the sound of the typing on the keyboard of the laptop as the source material for the audio in the performance. Furthermore, the sensing devices embedded in the laptop (e.g. accelerometers, touchpad, trackpoint, camera, the keyboard) are made accessible and mapped (through livecoding) to the manipulation of the sound material. Also the processes of the code itself (e.g. their memory and cpu usage) are used as sensors and used in the performance. As such the performance of livecoding is in?uenced through its own side effects, transforming the code not only in the common logical, programmatical manner, but as an embodied interface of the machine on our lap.