Alex McLean

Making music with text

Category Archives: music

Declaration Kriol

by Alex on June 30, 2013

I’ve been working with Arts on the Run and Rafiki Jazz on an embedded research project, developing software around group composition / improvisation sessions. It’s interesting to be developing computer language when the members of the band have different mother tongues and musical heritage, so that the technology forms part of the ongoing cultural negotiation. […]

Push button bertha

by Alex on January 12, 2013

Jake and I made a cover version of Push Button Bertha, probably the first ever computer-generated tune. Here it is: Part of a chordpunch free download EP, also featuring the marvellous Sick Lincoln, Sarah Angliss and Alice Eldrige. Here’s the full thing:

Happy new year + upcoming

by Alex on December 27, 2012

Looking forward to 2013, some things I’m up to so far: 15th Feb: talk and solo performance at the Node symposium, Frankfurt Late Feb (date tbc): slub at the Bartlett nexus, London 22-24th Feb: slub at the network music festival, Birmingham 5th March: Talk at the Leeds Psychogeography Group – my sister is doing this one now! 14-15th March (tbc): Talk + […]

Lurk recordings

by Alex on December 12, 2012

I’ve been recording some experiments with a new iteration of my livecoding system, and putting them up over on I’m going to continue doing that but here’s the latest recording for the tired of clicking: All and any feedback is very welcome.

Upcoming events in September

by Alex on September 2, 2012

7/8th September 2012, Leeds – Live Interfaces As my first act as research fellow at ICSRiM, I’m chairing this conference on live interaction in performance technology, two days of papers and performances, including a (free) club night.  The quality of submissions has been fantastic, and we have people coming from 11 different countries outside the […]

PhD Thesis: Artist-Programmers and Programming Languages for the Arts

by Alex on February 22, 2012

With some minor corrections done, my thesis is finally off to the printers.  I’ve made a PDF available, and here’s the abstract: We consider the artist-programmer, who creates work through its description as source code. The artist-programmer grandstands computer language, giving unique vantage over human-computer interaction in a creative context. We focus on the human […]