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Temporary Organisation for the Parsimony of Live Artistic Programming

Some thoughts have a certain sound

Live coding is a new direction in electronic music and video: 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. TOPLAP has been collectively developing, exploring and promoting live coding since it was formed in a smoky bar in Hamburg in 2004.

New home page

We now have a new home page! Have a look, and contribute links. All feedback is very welcome.

Introductory videos and texts

The best introduction to live coding is to watch some - see our list of videos, articles and academic papers


You are most welcome to join our active and friendly web forum and/or chat system, where we discuss live coding, share experiences and advertise events. You may also ask questions here on the wiki.

Start live coding!

  • First thing is to read our Draft Manifesto.
  • See all the live coding environments available, most are free/open source or freeware, and several come with tutorials and helpful community waiting to answer your questions. (We also have this old list of systems here on the wiki, although that's mostly rather out of date)
  • Once you're live coding, make yourself an official TOPLAP member simply by adding yourself to this list.

Or if you don't fancy programming, why not try Live Coding Without Computers

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