Alex McLean

Making music with text

Category Archives: misc

Live coding blogging

by Alex on December 4, 2012

In case anyone is wondering why I’m not saying much about live coding these days, it’s because has turned into an active blog, and I’m contributing a lot of my live codey thoughts to it. See you over there!

Audio blast festival

by Alex on November 22, 2012

Audio blast is a streaming festival by apo33, running in both Nantes and Piksel festival in Bergen. I’m performing this Saturday November 24th, for an hour from 7pm GMT (8pm CET).  I’ll be streaming quadrophonic sound from my studio in Sheffield, which will be played in both spaces, with a stream for remote listeners from […]

SmoothDirt programme notes

by Alex on June 21, 2012

I’m doing a few solo performances over the next days, in Cambridge, Uxbridge and Birmingbridge.  Here’s the programme notes/rationale; Yaxu – SmoothDirt From a linear perspective of time, live coding will always be somewhat distant from human experience.  As computer programming is a fundamentally indirect manipulation of sound, is live coding really live?  If we […]

Live interfaces: Performance, Art, Music conferece

by Alex on May 11, 2012

Happily we’ve been awarded some funding for a conference on live performance technology from Vitae Yorkshire!  This will be a great start to my new position in ICSRiM.  Here’s the call: LIVE INTERFACES Performance, Art, Music Date: 7th-8th September, 2012 Venue: ICSRiM, School of Music, University of Leeds, UK CALL FOR PAPERS AND PERFORMANCES […]


by Alex on March 23, 2012

I’m excited to be joining Kia Ng in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in Music (ICSRiM) within the faculty of Performance, Visual Arts & Communications (PVAC) for the new academic year, as a two year fellowship. I’ll be a research fellow in Human/Technology Interface, a research strand supported within the cross disciplinary Culture, Society & Innovation Hub. All […]


by Alex on March 13, 2012

A busy couple of weeks ahead: This weekend (Saturday 17th March) I am playing as part of slub at a live algorave in London. Then the following weekend I’m doing a few things at the 2012 Lovebytes festival in Sheffield: Thursday 22nd March – An experimental (as in we don’t know what will happen) performance with Hester Reeve as part of […]

Quick custom Linux live CDs for workshops

by Alex on November 13, 2011

People bring all kinds of laptops to workshops, and installing your software on them might take hours.  So it’s nice to just give everyone a bootable USB stick or CD, containing a live linux distribution (i.e. one that runs straight from the USB stick/CD) and the software.  This can get a room full of people […]

Social network time

by Alex on November 7, 2011

I’m privileged to be able to hear my grandmother Billie Campbell singing The Old Lamplighter in the 1940s, even though I was born after her death.  I’m also privileged to be able to see (but not hear) my great-grandfather John Ross Campbell on his release from being a political prisoner for incitement to mutiny in 1924. I’m […]


by Alex on September 3, 2011

Rumour has it that I may be something to do with the new ChordPunch label, which is promoting algorithmic music for ears and feet. Be careful not to get emotionally attached to any of the chordpunch output, their music, artist roster and administrative staff have algorithmic components in certain cases.