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Algorave in mixmag

A lovely article on mixmag.net, by Steph Kretowicz (with above illustration by Patch Keys).

“In the back room of a bar in the South London suburb of New Cross, there’s a revolution happening. Or maybe it’s not so much a revolution as a de-volution, a rolling back to the backend of music production, where the possibilities of the encoded information inside computer software is open and endless. An artist with the simple stage name Joanne, is standing on a stage at the Amersham Arms, looking at her laptop and typing, immersed in dry ice and the creative process, as a projection plays behind her. Red, blue, green, yellow, purple text on a black background moves and changes; highlighted orange, and cut-and-pasted, in a flash, disappearing with the rhythm of a cursor. The music it conjures is bouncing out of several well-placed speakers. It ricochets from the corners of the dimmed room as a repetitive dull thud drops, then builds up through a crunching, incessant rhythm. Some of the audience squeals, the floor vibrating with a heavy beat that’s almost organic. This is the look and sound of live-coded electronic music, or the more recently (and craftily) coined music ‘genre’ now known as Algorave.”

Read the full article on mixmag.net, and have a listen to this journey through the algorave wilderness I made for it:

3 Comments

  1. Stella

    An interesting and well written article but it seems strange not to mention Sonic Pi which has had such an amazing impact.

    • Yes it would have been good to have it mentioned along with foxdot, puredata, cyril, livecodelab etc, although to be fair it is an article about the algorave scene rather than particular live coding environments, and I think curious people will click through to find and explore what’s available.

  2. Stella

    What happened to my comment?

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