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Drawing, Weaving, and Speaking Live Generative Music (workshop led by Alex McLean)

Drawing, Weaving, and Speaking

Drawing, Weaving, and Speaking Live Generative Music

This workshop will explore alternative strategies for creating live sound. We will make connections between generative code and our perception of music, using metaphors of speech, knitting and shape, and playing with code as material. We will take a fresh look at generative systems, not through formal understanding but just by trying things out.

Through the sessions (Symbols, Words, Language, Notation), we will work up through the layers of generative code. We will take a side look at symbols, inventing alphabets and drawing sound. We will string symbols together into words, exploring their musical properties, and how they can be interpreted by computers. We will weave words into the patterns of language, as live generation and transformation of musical patterns. We will learn how generative code is like musical notation, and how one can come up with live coding environments that are more like graphical scores.

During the workshop, the participants will visit systems like Python, Supercollider, Haskell, OpenFrameworks, Processing and OpenCV, as well as experiment with more esoteric interfaces.

Tutor: Alex McLean [ http://yaxu.org ]

Alex McLean is a live coder, software artist and researcher based in Sheffield UK. He is one third of the live coding group Slub, getting crowds to dance to algorithms at festivals across Europe. He promotes anthropocentric technology as co-founder of the ChordPunch record label, of event promoters Algorave, the TOPLAP live coding network and the Dorkbot electronic art meetings in Sheffield and London. Alex is a research fellow in Human/Technology Interface within the Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in Music, University of Leeds.

Level: Introductory/intermediate. Prior programming experience is not required.

Language: English

Dates:

Tuesday   23.07.2013, 17:00-21:00h
Thursday  25.07.2013, 17:00-21:00h
Saturday  27.07.2013, 12:00-18:00h
Monday    29.07.2013, 17:00-21:00h
Wednesday 31.07.2013, 17:00-21:00h

Location: Hangar. Passatge del Marquès de Santa Isabel, 40. Barcelona. Metro Poblenou.

Price: Free.

Participants will need to bring a laptop (preferably a PC, or a Mac able to boot off a DVD), an external webcam and a pair of headphones.

To sign up, please send an email to info@lullcec.org with a brief text outlining your background and motivation for attending the workshop. Note that applications won’t be accepted if candidates are unable to commit to attending the course in its entirety.

+info: [ http://lullcec.org/en/2013/workshops/drawing-weaving-and-speaking-live-generative-music/ ]

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