About

The live coding research network is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK. Network activities begin in January 2014, and are currently funded up until January 2016. This network will take the relatively new field of live coding research to its next development stage, bringing together researchers from a wide variety of disciplines to explore how live coding can enrich technological engagement in wider culture. Live coding is a new approach to creative expression using computers. In live coding, the innards of software are exposed and rewired through live, direct, and exploratory use of custom made programming languages. Practitioners perform on stage by writing code that generates the audiovisual work; it is a form of real-time notating or scoring music, visuals, dance or robotics. The screen is projected, enabling the audience to follow the development of the code. Since the computer interprets the code live, every edit to the code is immediately reflected in the musical or visual end result. The network will explore themes of live coding in the arts, computing in education, and collaboration in cultures of practice. This will be investigated through three workshops, one international conference, and diverse publications. Wider cultural impact will be achieved through industry events, musical performances, media engagement, online fora, and public workshops. The network is jointly lead by Dr Thor Magnusson, University of Sussex and Dr Alex McLean, University of Leeds. Advisory board (alphabetical order):

  • Prof Matthew Fuller, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Dr Kia Ng, Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in Music, University of Leeds
  • Prof Sally-Jane Norman, Professor of Performance Technologies, University of Sussex

Steering committee members (alphabetical order):

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more.  This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please visit www.ahrc.ac.uk

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