Live Coding Spatial Sound | Alex McLean, digital selves & more

Algorave, Amoenus & IKLECTIK present,

Live Coding Spatial Sound | Alex McLean, digital selves, Eye Measure, Michael-Jon Mizra & trampbunny

Friday 26 May 2023 | Doors: 7:30pm | Start: 8pm
Our Kiosk opens 1 hour before doors.

Tickets: £10+fees Early Bird / £15+fees Advance

An evening of live coding performances in spatial sound on an enveloping 16.4 sound system spread across the walls and ceiling at IKLECTIK.

Alex McLean

Photo by Yecto

Alex McLean is an electronic musician and researcher based in Sheffield UK, working on “algorithmic patterns” including in music, textiles and dance. As a musician he has performed widely, including at Sonar, No Bounds, Glastonbury, Sonic Acts, STRP, Transmediale and Ars Electronica festivals. Alex created the popular free/open source live coding environment TidalCycles, and co-founded the TOPLAP live coding and Algorave movements, the AlgoMech festival of algorithmic and mechanical movement, and Pattern Club events in Sheffield. He also co-edited the Oxford Handbook on Algorithmic Music, and co-authored Live Coding: A User’s Manual, published by MIT Press. Alex has worked professionally in creative technology since the year 2000, including as live coding musician and software artist, crowdfunded free/open source developer, festival curator/producer, and through research fellowships. He currently holds a non-academic UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, hosted by nonprofit independent lab Then Try This.

digital selves

digital selves is a London-based musician who uses live coded algorithms to create computer music. Using the functional programming mini-language TidalCycles they create computer music through live coded algorithms-re-contextualising club culture, experimental art and human-computer interaction. Some recent works include commissions on Art and AI exploring ritual and collective intelligence; a recent feature in Fact Magazine’s Artist DIY series, musical releases on the Cherche Encore and in.unision labels, and hosting feminist hackathons.


Trampbunny makes music loops and pixel soups with live coding. Performing music or VJ sets of generative art where laptop is the instrument, typing is the technique, and computer science is the notation.

Eye Measure

Eye Measure is a UK-based experimental artist working primarily with algorithmic composition and creative coding. Their live performances have been described as “cavernous live-coded industrial ambience.” They have performed and exhibited work in places such as Cafe OTO (London), No Bounds Festival (Sheffield) and Fylkingen (Stockholm). Though mostly focusing on live performances they have released music with labels including Cherche Encore and Edited Arts. Currently based in Sheffield, they co-run Pattern Club, a workshop/event series exploring algorithmic patterns 🙂

Michael-Jon Mizra

Photo by Matt Favero

Michael-Jon Mizra is a composer of electronic music and visual material. Mirza’swork is concerned with agency and authorship in an age of mass media, communication, and artificial intelligence. He draws from the wealth of post-modern dialogue to re-direct, synthesis and contextualise narratives with the aid of generative design mechanics and digital technology. He works as a technical engineer at the University of the Arts , London, where he provides support and tuition on the use of creative computation in design and practice. He is an accomplished composers, who has been supported by the Royal Exchange Theatre (2019),Manchester International Festival (2017, 2019) , and held numerous residences across the United Kingdom and Europe.

About Algorave

Algorave is made from “sounds wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive conditionals“. These days just about all electronic music is made using software, but with artificial barriers between the people creating the software algorithms and the people making the music. Using systems built for creating algorithmic music and visuals, such as IXI Lang, puredata, Max/MSP, SuperCollider, Extempore, Fluxus, TidalCycles, Gibber, Sonic Pi, FoxDot and Cyril these barriers are broken down, and musicians are able to compose and work live with their music as algorithms. This has good and bad sides, but a different approach leads to interesting places.

This is no new idea, but Algoraves focus on humans making and dancing to music. Algorave musicians don’t pretend their software is being creative, they take responsibility for the music they make, shaping it using whatever means they have. More importantly the focus is not on what the musician is doing, but on the music, and people dancing to it. Algoraves embrace the alien sounds of raves from the past, and introduce alien, futuristic rhythms and beats made through strange, algorithm-aided processes. It’s up to the good people on the dancefloor to help the musicians make sense of this and do the real creative work in making a great party.

“Sound system powered by AMOENUS. AMOENUS is an art organisation that facilitates, educates, curates and promotes immersive art centred around 3D sound”.