Thursday 5 March 2020, 7pm
Nearly ten years on since the first Algorave, worldwide instantiations of the event continue to connect an international community of audio-visual artists experimenting and playing with algorithmic tools. Algorave spans programming paradigms to celebrate the collaborative culture of open source and experimental sound while maintaining a strong root in dance music, making it a space naturally inclined to share, teach, and encourage self-learning. Algorave is many things and continues to evolve. Many parties, workshops, meet-ups, and festivals later, Algorave remains a lively crossing point for experimentation, but more importantly for fun.
Bringing this ethos to Cafe Oto, the evening will showcase work by audio and visual artists:
+ special DJ set from hmurd
Expect a relaxed atmosphere and quick-fire sets from ambient to gabber and back. At its best, Algorave softens the tech wall of mystery, opening exchange between performers and audience.
ALGORITHMS ARE INFECTING DISCOS AND RUINING LIVES
".. not so much a revolution as a de-volution, a rolling back to the backend of music production, where the possibilities of the encoded information inside computer software is open and endless" - Mixmag
"Renick Bell is one of [the algorave] scene’s more flabbergasting producers," writes Mixmag magazine. Resident Advisor calls him "Algorave kingpin" and writes that he "is one of the leading figures of the algorave movement, and watching him make his music is just as fun as dancing to it." Bell improvises bass-heavy algorithmically generated music full of percussion and noise by live coding with open source software, including software he has written called Conductive. Each performance is new and unique, unheard before the event even by Bell, with his live programming activity projected for the audience to see. In 2019, he was selected by Aphex Twin for the latter's first-ever curated event for the The Warehouse Project in Manchester, UK, where he headlined the Archive Room stage. In 2018 he released an album called Wary on 2018 Grammy-nominated producer Rabit's Halcyon Veil label and another called Turning Points on Seagrave Records, which was a critical success, including being ranked 19 out of "The 50 best albums of 2018" by FACT magazine. He has releases on Lee Gamble's UIQ label, Berlin-based Conditional Records and Saplings Records, among others. His music practice corresponds with a research practice of writing software and writing research papers on live coding, electronic music, and art, as well as teaching in university and other contexts. Based in Tokyo since 2006, Bell has lived in Asia since 2001. He is originally from West Texas.
hellocatfood is the alias of Antonio Roberts, an artist and curator based in Birmingham, UK. For his live performances he uses software including Pure Data to explore the creative potential of algorithms, glitches, and feedback loops. He has provided visuals for the likes of MTV, Com Truise, Blood Sport, Steve Davis, Renick Bell and My Panda Shall Fly and at events including SXSW, Supersonic Festival, Barbican, Green Man festival and more.
Mahalia is an artist hailing from London working on fusing together multiple disciplines. With a background in architectural and spatial design, her current research centres around experimenting with combining technology and performance particularly within physical environments. Live coding allows her to continue these experiments of manipulating and augmenting experiences with code, and she relishes the chaos that ensues.
Eye Measure is a London-based audiovisual artist. Working with digital synthesis, TidalCycles and live visuals, she make experimental/ambient compositions. In 2019 she released “being to the left of textor” with Cherche Encore, and was a guest composer at EMS, Stockholm.
Yaxu is the solo project of Alex McLean, who also works as part of collaborations including Slub, CCAI and Canute. He has live coded music since around the year 2000, co-founding the Algorave and TOPLAP live coding movements and creating the free/open source TidalCycles live coding language. He's performed widely including at No Bounds, Sonar, Glastonbury, Transmediale, Bluedot and Shambala festivals. He also directs the AlgoMech festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement, currently planning the fourth edition for November 2020. By day Alex is a textile researcher, investigating weaving as an ancient digital artform as part of the PENELOPE project. He lives in Sheffield UK with his family of people and cats.
“Yaxu’s polyrhythmic and hyperreal strand of techno is showcased on cuts like Public Life and Cyclic showing that he is not just tes ng the confines of how music can be consumed but also how genres can sound. A truly forward-thinking in-flux of material” bleep.com
“Complexity emerges from simple instructions. With a few keystrokes, McLean transforms an arpeggio and a simple set of beats into complex polyrhythms that pan in decaying arcs” - Emily Bick
“Software artists such as Alex McLean are such hardcore outsiders that their art is in the computer code they write”, Grayson Perry
+777000 produces melodramatic code that deals with extending, resurfacing and adjusting memories. The sonic spectrum ranges from rhythmic waves of ambient to RnB infused walls of glistening noise. London-based, they also run the Edited Arts platform.
Seth De Silva is a South East London grown animator & visual artist. He has brought his warped brand of DIY live-visuals to clubs & parties across London since 2012. Including places like Corsica Studios, Rye Wax, Bussey Building, Venue MOT & Netil House. His practice is extremely exploratory and often merges 3D, motion graphics, DMX and VJ’ing.
He works closely with South London party stalwarts Body Motion to create weird, unsettling and innovative visuals for their parties. His live sets have played alongside artists such as Powder, Yousuke Yukimatsu, Clara!, Exquisite Corpse, S.O.N.S, James Messiah and more.
Working closely with acclaimed Bristol label Bokeh Version and the Japanese artist Mars 89, they created the first ever VR video for the label and have been collaborating ever since. Experimenting with new forward thinking ways to experience and consume music digitally.
By day Seth is a senior animatior at Boiler Room and has created live-visual loops that have been played across the world at many of the BR parties.