I’ve been running the inhabiting the hack project with Helen Thornham, Edgar Gómez Cruz and a range of arts practitioners and organisations, exploring alternative hackathons. Above is a photo of a group drawing exercise from the “Uncanny Valley” retreat in Burbage Valley with Lovebytes, and below is a video from the “Wrekshop” with Paul Granjon at Access Space. More to come!
Here’s a recording of a screencast sent to the IBC hackfest in Amsterdam as part of a TOPLAP extravaganza.
I gave the inaugural BSA Award Lecture for Digital Innovation at the British Science Festival in Bradford earlier this week. It’s a special honour because the award is given in the name of Daphne Oram, happily her niece came to the lecture, who told me she painted on the Oramics machine when she visited her Aunt. I was in too much of a pre-talk fluster to write down her name, sadly.
The talk itself was called “Live coding: creating languages for making music”. It wasn’t recorded, but here’s a nice interview which I think captures most of what I was trying to say very well.
- Attention to detail – that only hand made generative music can allow (code allows you to go deeper into creative structures)
- Realtime output and compositional control – we hate to wait (it is inconceivable to expect non-realtime systems to exhibit signs of life)
- Construct and explore new sonic environments with echoes from our own. (art reflects human narrative, code reflects human activity)
- Open process, open minds – we have nothing to hide (code is unambiguous, it can never hide behind obscurity. We seek to abolish obscurity in the arts)
- Only use software applications written by ourselves – software dictates output, we dictate software (authorship cannot be granted to those who have not authored!)
It seems people still aren’t getting tired of the word ‘algorave’, now looking forward to
- xCoAx 2015, in Glasgow. The third edition of this conference which really plugged a gap in my world.. I went to the first edition in Bergamo which was excellent, the very well conceived call for participation drew a wide range of thinkers and makers together. I couldn’t make the second one but am happy to be presenting a paper about live coding collaboration, and performing at the algorave with some greats.
- Then much of the live coding field descending on Yorkshire for an Algorave in Sheffield and a three day conference in Leeds that I have the pleasure of organising as part of an excellent team.
- Then thankfully things slow down for the summer, but looking forward to spending some time in Vancouver and playing the ISEA Algorave there together with fine algorave veterans both human and computational.
- Then to Tilburg with Yee-King for the huge Incubate festival, which includes a little Algorave. It’ll be good to see Leafcutter do his first ‘official’ algorave, although he’s been bringing algorithms to actual raves for quite some time. Stalwarts Sam and Norah will also be there. It’ll be techno.
I’ve also got a load of collaborative alternative hackathons planned, including one at the ODI summit, as well as a public lecture to be announced very soon..
I’m collaborating with Alex Keegan on audio/visual performances drawing from research into beat perception. We’re starting by deliberately breaking the following rules in turn:
1. Any rhythm that follows a pulse formed of regular (isochronous) rhythms will itself, be regular.
2. Any section that has a regular pulse will progress to a following section which also has a regular pulse.
3. The progression of certain characteristic sections will follow each other in sequence, For example a ‘drop’ will always follow from a ‘build-up’.
The idea is to push against the edges of the perception of rhythm and meter, touching into the hallowed ground of frustration and annoyance, using two drum machines and four projectors controlled by Tidal..
Our first performance is tonight at this event at Theatre Deli in Sheffield, we’ll on be in the basement twice, around 9:40 and 11:40. There’ll also be some proper music upstairs, footwork and grime. Then we’ll try it again next week at Access Space, also in Sheffield, as part of the Sonic Pattern night programme.
Nice to see some photos + videos of peak cut in action crop up from around the world:
— Repl Electric (@repl_electric) March 28, 2015
— Laica (@Laica23) March 24, 2015
— Hannah Festival (@hannahfestival) April 16, 2015
Kind words on bleep, who have some of the remaining physical copies of Peak Cut:
“Restricted to just 100 copies, Yaxu’s debut EP comes from Computer Club on a very special USB credit card containing the 6 tracks as well as a collection of over 100 algorithmic Tidal patterns to reshape and enjoy as you wish. As well as challenging the conventional formats for releasing music, Yaxu’s polyrhythmic and hyperreal strand of techno is showcased on cuts like Public Life and Cyclic showing that he is not just testing the confines of how music can be consumed but also how genres can sound. A truly forward thinking influx of material from Yaxu and the Computer Club team.”
The physical version comes in the form of a USB drive running my complete ‘studio’, i.e. Linux, Tidal and a lot of Tidal patterns. It’s been a real pleasure working with Computer Club and Human on this.
Peak Cut be launched at an extra special algorave at Access Space in Sheffield.