Month: June 2012
SmoothDirt programme notes
I’m doing a few solo performances over the next days, in Cambridge, Uxbridge and Birmingbridge. Here’s the programme notes/rationale;
Yaxu – SmoothDirt
From a linear perspective of time, live coding will always be somewhat distant from human experience. As computer programming is a fundamentally indirect manipulation of sound, is live coding really live? If we consider the flow of time from past to future, the time necessary to modify an algorithm acts as an impenetrable barrier between coder and experience. An alternative perspective is to think of time in terms of cycles. From this perspective, if a coder’s actions lag behind the present moment, then they are also ahead of it. They are inside time, the cycle of development enmeshed with rhythmic cycles of music, in mutual resonance. Smoothdirt is a simple language built around this simple idea, allowing extremes of repetition at multiple scales to be explored as musical performance.
Yaxu will produce broken techno from his laptop for around twenty minutes.
Upcoming events and things
Fresh back from holiday, with a lot of things coming up:
- Thursday 21st June, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
Live coding at the opening of the Poetry, Language, Code exhibition
- Friday 22nd June, BEAM Festival, Brunel University, Uxbridge
Talking about live coding during the day and performing in the evening
- Friday 29th June, InterFace2012, Birmingham City University
Lunchtime live coding performance, and afternoon live coding workshop
- 27th July, Live Notation Unit, Arnolfini gallery, Bristol
Presenting Speaking code with Geoff Cox, and live coding with Dave Griffiths and Hester Reeve
- 1st August
Starting a two year university Research Fellowship on Human/ Technology Interface at ICSRiM
- 7-8th September, ICSRiM, Leeds
Chairing the Live Interfaces conference on performance technology
- 9-15th September, ICMC, Ljubljana
Presenting Live Notation paper with Hester Reeve
By the way, the paper/performance proposal deadline for the Live Interfaces conference is the end of this Sunday 17th June!