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16:0020:00 h
Venue: Hangar
Emilia Coranty, 16 – Can Ricart
08018 Barcelona
Price: 30€

Algoraves are all about dancing to algorithms, including live coding as well as other approaches to controlling and performing with generative music.

This is no new idea, but 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.

Following the Algoraves around the world we invite you to celebrate another one.

The format is as follows:

Workshop “Live Coding with TidalCycles”

With Alexandra Cardenas.

July 26th 16 to 20hrs

July 27th 16 to 19 hrs

Language Spanish

Price 30€

Limited to 15 assistents

Sala Ricson – Hangar

Workshop description:

TidalCycles (or Tidal for short) is a language for live coding pattern. It allows you to make musical patterns with text, describing sequences and ways of transforming and combining them, exploring complex interactions between simple parts.

In this workshop, students will learn the basic functioning of TidalCycles, discover what Live Coding is and think about music creation in a new way. We will analyse some musical examples approaching their pattern thinking to discover techniques and ideas for creating music. We will then proceed to apply these techniques to the practice of Live Coding and make performances where composition, improvisation and programming join to create music.

About Alexandra:

Composer, programmer and improviser of music born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1976. She studied composition at the Universidad de los Andes where she also carried studies in mathematics and classical guitar. Her works have been played in diverse venues in America, Europe and Asia. In 2003 she obtained an Artistic Residency at the Centro Nacional de las Artes (CNA) in Mexico City. In 2010 she was part of the program Prácticas de Vuelo at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS). In 2011she was granted an Artistic Residency at the Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan, where she wrote a piece for Nanae Yoshimura (koto), Suzuky Toshiya (flute) and live electronics.

Using open source software like SuperCollider and TidalCycles, her work is focused on the exploration of the musicality of code and the algorithmic behaviour of music. An important part of this exploration consists of the practice of live coding. Having an intense activity as teacher and performer of live coding, Alexandra is among the pioneers of live coding in electroacoustic music and part of the forefront of the Algorave scene. Currently she lives in Berlin, Germany, and is doing her masters in Sound Studies at the Berlin University of the Arts.