About

TOPLAP is an organisation founded in 2004, to explore and promote live coding.

Live coding is a new direction in electronic music and video, and is starting to get somewhere interesting. Live coders expose and rewire the innards of software while it generates improvised music and/or visuals. All code manipulation is projected for your pleasure.

Live coding is inclusive and accessible to all. Many live coding environments can be downloaded and used for free, with documentation and examples to get you started and friendly on-line communities to help when you get problems. Popular live coding software includes ChucK,  fluxusimpromptu, overtone and supercollider. Environments designed for fast exploration of musical pattern include ixi lang and tidal. There are also web-based live coding environments like gibber and livecodelab. Live patching is live coding with graph-based languages such as the venerable pure-data. It’s also possible to livecode with a gamepad, e.g. with the robot oriented Al-Jazari.

More information about TOPLAP and live coding is available on our wiki and the latest developments in live coding can be seen on our blog.

Video examples

The Show Us Your Screens documentary by Louis McCallum.

‘bang’ – live patching from Scott Hewitt and Sam Freeman of inclusive improv.

Audio/visual awesomeness from from-scratch livecode hero and impromptu developer Andrew Sorensen. A slow builder, but really gets going halfway through.

Haskell hackery by yaxu of slub

Live coded VJing from fluxus creator Dave Griffiths, also of slub.

slub live

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