Live coding with TidalCycles

tidalThis workshop will allow the participants to gain the basic knowledge to make use of the software TidalCycles to create patterns of sound for a live coded performance.

Participants are not expected to have prior knowledge of programming or music.

The workshop will consist of these parts:

    1. Software installation
    2. What is live coding? examples, videos
    3. What is TidalCycles?
    4. Live coding with TidalCycles
    5. Communal performance

This is a very flexible workshop to program, because the software allows for very quick results, but also allows for very deep questions about music and pattern of sound. This means the workshop can be of 2 hours but also can be a 10 hour workshop. So the length of this workshop depends on the needs of the festival.

Amount of assistants:

    from 5 to 100


    Own laptop and headphones. Laptops can have Macintosh, Window and Linux platforms.

Alexandra Cardenas
Universität der Künste Berlin

Composer, programmer and improviser of music born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1976. She studied composition at the Universidad de los Andes where she also carried studies in mathematics and classical guitar. Her works have been played in diverse venues in America, Europe and Asia. In 2003 she obtained an Artistic Residency at the Centro Nacional de las Artes (CNA) in Mexico City. In 2010 she was part of the program Prácticas de Vuelo at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS). In 2011she was granted an Artistic Residency at the Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan, where she wrote a piece for Nanae Yoshimura (koto), Suzuky Toshiya (flute) and live electronics.

Using open source software like SuperCollider and TidalCycles, her work is focused on the exploration of the musicality of code and the algorithmic behaviour of music. An important part of this exploration consists of the practice of live coding. Having an intense activity as teacher and performer of live coding, Alexandra is among the pioneers of live coding in electroacoustic music and part of the forefront of the Algorave scene. Currently she lives in Berlin, Germany, and is doing her masters in Sound Studies at the Berlin University of the Arts.