Algoraves are electronic dance parties where the music and visuals are created by live coders in realtime. The word was coined around 2012, initially as a joke, but has since taken hold with Algoraves taking place worldwide.
Algoraves focus on humans making and dancing to music. Algorave musicians don’t pretend their software is being creative, they take responsibility for the music they make, shaping it using whatever means they have. More importantly, the focus is not on what the musician is doing, but on the music, and people dancing to it. Algoraves embrace the alien sounds of raves from the past and introduce alien, futuristic rhythms and beats made through strange, algorithm-aided processes. It’s up to the good people on the dancefloor to help the musicians make sense of this and do the real creative work in making a great party.
Coral is a liver coder based in Bristol UK. She experiments with live-coding and electronics exploring improvised audio and visual composition. She has developed work with The Royal Academy of Music and SAT, Montreal. She regularly performs at clubs and festivals across Europe. This year she was featured at SXSW Music Festival. She has organized an Algorave in dis-used Police Cells under the streets of Bristol and is curating a British Library Lates Algorave taking over the iconic St. Pancras site. She is Lecturer in Creative Computing at Bath Spa University and is part of i-DAT and resident at The Pervasive Media Studio.
One Man Computer Club
One Man Computer Club is a live coding project by 26 years old computer scientist and electronic musician Alberto Costa. Originally from Sicily, Italy but now based in Amsterdam, OMCC focuses on experimenting with different techniques in the fields of interactive programming, computer music and algorithmic composition. His performances combine the use of different live coding environments (Pure Data, Orca) and custom made software to generate musical events interpreted by modular synthesizers and hardware drum machines.
Panda Zooicide is an underground phenomenon and unique hip-hop experience, where hilarious and virtuosic raps are backed by live-coded beats; 8-bit bangers being spontaneously coded in Supercollider. Panda Zooicide is based in Amsterdam, but it's members hail from USA, Mexico, and Germany. Hip-hop provides the backbone of the groups' work, but elements of classical, jazz, indie rock, funk and techno keep the listeners on their toes, never knowing what to expect next. Catchy hooks, robot choreography, Nintendo beats, comedic interludes and sensual vocoder melodies make for an unforgettable live show.
Sabrina Verhage is an interactive media designer and creative technologist highly fascinated by the influence of modern technology on human behavior. Striving to stimulate diversity and make knowledge more accessible, Sabrina co-founded Creative Coding Amsterdam a monthly meetup for enthusiasts. There she got introduced to the electrifying world of live coding and is excited to now help spread the love by live coding visuals herself.
Shelly Knotts is an improviser who performs with computers and other humans. Interests in code, data and networks have lead her down strange and diverse musical paths from electroacoustic composition, through jazz and noise music to algorave. She experiments with generative and AI techniques and opinionated algorithms to make music. She has performed at numerous Algoraves and other live coding events worldwide, solo and with collaborative projects including ALGOBABEZ. In 2017 she was a winner of BBC Radiophonic Workshop and PRSF ‘The Oram Awards’ for innovation in sound and music. By day she is a researcher at Durham University working on the research project ‘Musically Intelligent Machines Interacting Creatively’.
Timo Hoogland is a live coder, creative coder, music technologist and educator from The Netherlands. He live codes experimental electronic dance music. He graduated from the Masters of Music Design at the HKU University of Arts Utrecht in 2019, where he developed Mercury and used it to research and develop algorithmic composition techniques in live coded music. He has an active role in organizing live coding jam sessions and Algoraves together with Creative Coding Utrecht, is part of the Netherlands Coding Live community and has performed at various events such as Gogbot (Enschede), Tec-Art (Rotterdam), Droidcon (Turin), Playdate (Bergen) and React (Amsterdam).
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