Alex McLean

Making music with text

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2nd ACM SIGPLAN International Workshop on Functional Art, Music, Modelling and Design

by Alex on April 14, 2014

I’m chairing this year’s FARM workshop on functional art, music, modelling and design, which is part of the International Conference on Functional Programming. The deadline is approaching, but there’s still time to put pen to paper.. Here’s the (updated) call for papers and demos: 2nd ACM SIGPLAN International Workshop on Functional Art, Music, Modelling and […]

Weaving codes, coding weaves

by Alex on April 11, 2014

Very happy to share the news that “Weaving Codes – Coding Weaves”, a collaborative project with Ellen Harlizius-Klück, Dave Griffiths, Kia Ng, Emma Cocker, Lovebytes + many others has been funded, by an AHRC Digital Transformations Amplification award. It starts September 2014 and runs for 18 months. Here’s a snippet from the synopsis: What are […]

Weaving code: learning computer programming through pattern and craft

by Alex on February 17, 2014

I’m leading a new collaborative project, “Weaving code:learning computer programming through pattern and craft”, with Becky Parry, Kia Ng, and the good folks from LoveBytes and ArtBoat. Ellen Harlizius-Klück and Dave Griffiths are advising as project partners, and Chris Carr will advise on progress too. Here’s the introduction from the proposal: There is national policy drive […]


by Alex on November 20, 2013

I’ve done a lot of live coding performances lately, so not much time for updating this.. Here’s a room recording of a slub performance at EAVI II with Dave. Plus here’s a short clip from a solo performance at the first Sheffield algorave:

Extending human ability

by Alex on September 5, 2013

I don’t always enjoy praise, but it’s really great when commentators see through the cold reality of live coding or algorave and get at the promise that motivates what we’re doing. Here’s a comment by a reddit user called Tekmo from a few months back, which I think is about the promise of a more […]

Texture version 2.0 pre alpha

by Alex on August 19, 2013

During my residency period, I’m rewriting “Texture”, the visual front-end for Tidal I started making way back in the closing moments of my PhD. The first step is to re-implement Texture in Haskell — before it was written in C, and spat out code that was then piped into the Haskell interpreter, which was a bit nuts. […]

Workshop: Drawing, Weaving, and Speaking Live Generative Music

by Alex on July 16, 2013

Some more details about my workshops coming up in Hangar Barcelona. Signup here. This workshop will explore alternative strategies for creating live sound and music. 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 […]

Appearances elsewhere

by Alex on April 23, 2013

I got a couple of kind mentions etc lately: Dazed and Confused May issue – an interview with Stephen Fortune about live coding and algorave, see the photo over there for proof, and I’ll post the full text here once it’s off the shelves. I got a mention in a lovely article “coding the software/art nexus” […]

New projects and events

by Alex on March 13, 2013

Taking stock of the new and fast-developing projects I’m involved with. Sound Choreography <> Body Code A performance which creates a feedback loop through code, music, choreography, dance and back through code, in collaboration with Kate Sicchio. First performance is this Friday at Audio:Visual:Motion in Manchester. The sourcecode for the sound choreographer component is already available, which […]