Live coding

Live coding artists write and change computer programs to make artistic results, whether for an audience or for more private purposes. Live coding, in which programming becomes play and performance, unfolds profound new possibilities for collaboration and learning. At the same time, it can be a space where the hierarchies and injustices of our world are reproduced or resisted, as well as a vector by which technologies (with all of their unequal effects) spread. This extended workshop will intervene in this dynamic by discussing and experimenting together with the possibilities of live code. The intention is that we will begin to generate, together, new answers to the question “how can people make live coding that is really their own”?

About the workshop

The format of the workshop is a short series of individual talks by live coding artists and researchers (each connected in different ways to the project “Platforms and practices for language neutral … “ supported by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) followed by tutorials and improvisation sessions with browser-based live coding tools (no experience necessary; computer or mobile device recommended).


Resource Persons

Dr. David Ogborn

McMaster University,

David Ogborn / dktr0: composer, artist programmer, live coding and guitar performer; lead developer of numerous software projects used in network music and live coding, including EspGrid, extramuros, Estuary and Punctual; director of the Cybernetic Orchestra, the Networked Imagination Laboratory, and the Centre for Networked Media and Performance (CNMAP) at McMaster University; Associate professor in McMaster’s Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia, teaching in the undergraduate Multimedia program, the MA in Communication and New Media, and the PhD in Communication, New Media, and Cultural Studies.

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David Ogborn will discuss the basic philosophy and affordances of the Estuary platform, whose ongoing development targets geographically distributed and linguistically diverse ensembles.

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Dr. Shelly Knotts

Durham University,

Shelly Knotts produces live-coded and network music performances and projects which explore aspects of code, data and collaboration in improvisation. Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, she performs internationally, collaborating with computers and other humans. She studied for a PhD in Live Computer Music at Durham University with a focus on collaboration in Network Music. She is currently a Post-doctoral Researcher at Durham University working on AHRC project: Musically Intelligent Machines Interacting Creatively.

As well as performing at numerous Algoraves and Live Coding events, current collaborative projects include algo-pop duo ALGOBABEZ (with Joanne Armitage), OFFAL (Orchestra For Females and Laptops), and live coding performance [Sisesta Pealkiri] with Alo Allik. In 2017 she was a winner of PRSF The Oram Awards for innovation in sound and music.

Shelly Knotts will discuss creating space for women in live coding communities through women-only workshops, feminist narratives of live coding, and developing technologies that resist hierarchies in collaborative music making.

Luis Navarro Del Angel

McMaster University,

Luis N. Del Angel is currently a PhD Candidate in Communication, New Media, and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, Canada. His research intersects with live coding, metacreation, and software studies. From 2010 to 2013 he worked at the National Center for the Arts (Mexico) exploring live coding and Free/Libre and Open Source Software. He is a member of the live coding collective RGGTRN (Mexico) and the laptop ensemble the Cybernetic Orchestra (Canada) directed by Dr. David Ogborn.

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Luis N. Del Angel will discuss recent live coding languages in connection to natural language and concepts of sovereignty, nation, and imagined community.

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Abhinay Khoparzi

creative technologist

Abhinay Khoparzi is a multidisciplinary creative technologist who maintains a practice across film, video, music and web technologies. He has had a long relationship with the experimental electronic music scene in Mumbai with performances at venues and events like The Indian Electronica Festival, (Blue Frog), 6 Foot Oscillator in a 4 foot Room (Zenzi Mills), Floatsam with Mukul Deora and Piere-Paolo Allesanderello (Volte/Project 88). Abhinay co-founded the pioneering but now defunct web platform, netlabel, and publishing company 3rd Thought Entertainment in the early 2000’s where he organised collaborative performances with experimental, IDM artists like Kargo Pluggy, Sadahnmo and others from the varied roster. He now organises/conducts live coding workshops in collaboration with various maker spaces and artists collectives across India and has been pushing the Algorave scene in the country.

Abhinay Khoparzi will discuss his experiences with promoting live/creative coding in India as a medium of artistic expression for an economically and gender diverse

Eldad Tsabary

Associate Professor, Concordia University
Coordinator, Electroacoustic Studies (Department of Music)
Coordinator (interim), Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Studies (Faculty of Fine Arts)

Eldad Tsabary will propose listening strategies and expression in collaborative live coding population.

Date: 19th September 2019
Time: 4.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.