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The call for papers and performances for the International Conference for Live Coding has been published on our ICLC Website. We are pleased to announce a the call for papers for the International Journal of Performance Art and Digital Media (issue 12.2) to be published in 2016. If the theme fits the JPADM call, we hope that ICLC authors will consider turning their papers into journal articles for this publication. In terms of timing, this fits well: the ICLC conference is in July 2015, and the 500 abstracts for the JPADM are due in before September 15th.

Live Coding in Education Symposium – Report

The third symposium in our research network series took place in Cambridge on January 9th. Hosted by Pam Burnard, an education specialist, the event had the theme of “Live Coding in Education.” This was our smallest symposium, designed to be a dialogue between secondary school teachers and live coders, exploring how to respond to new IT curriculum.

For us live coders the event was very interesting and … educational. Topics ranged from discussions of how to teach creativity with code as means, to improvisation, conversation with code, coding as performance, the reversion back to Smalltalk, feminism, sharing of repertoire, and the role of live coding in IT education. It seemed that the biggest hurdle for introducing live coding in schools is the limited scope teachers have for exploring extracurricula topics: they need all the time they can get to get through the most basic things they are supposed to cover.

Live Coding and Collaboration – A Report

The Live Coding and Collaboration symposium we ran in collaboration with the Department of Music in Birmingham went really well. The event started with a doctoral colloquium where researchers presented their work in progress, often challenging and expanding common definitions of live coding. The event involved a planning session for the International Conference for Live Coding which will take place in the University of Leeds in July, 2015. Some great ideas were presented, involving unconventional conference sessions and a good focus on quality food and beer (and let’s not underestimate live coding’s relationship with beer, in particular as we were in Birmingham).aa

The Friday symposium started with a paper session where presentations were given by Tom Hall on live digital notation, Scott Wilson and Norah Lorway on live coding networked music, Alex McLean on collaboration, André Damião on streaming objects, the team behind the Cambridge based Sonic Pi research project (Pam Burnard, Franziska Florack, Alan Blackwell and Sam Aaron), and Sang Won Lee on models of networked live coding. We had live sessions on live coding without computers, and after a fruitful closing discussion, planning the future, the day ended with the first performance of the Network Music Festival, set in Birmingham Music Department’s beautiful circular multichannel dome.


Live Coding and the Body Symposium in Brighton, 4th-6th July 2014

LiveCodingPosterSmallAs we announced in this post, the Live Coding and the Body Symposium will be held in the Creativity Zone at the University of Sussex on the weekend of July 5th and 6th, 2014. The Creativity Zone is a flexible multimedia space and there will be an 8 channel surround sound setup for the event, which will include various performances.

The  symposium starts on Friday 4th July 2014 with an Algorave at the Loft nightclub in the Lanes of Brighton. The Brighton Algorave has a Facebook Page.

On Saturday morning we continue on Sussex Campus (15-30 minutes out of Brighton on a bus – 9 minutes on a train) for a full day symposium that includes presentations, show cases, discussions and performances. The symposium ends on Sunday at noon with a lunch and lunch time performances and demos.

Information on how to get to Sussex/Brighton could hardly be better written than on this page here, although it specifies a different building (we will be in the Creativity Zone, not the Silverstone Building).

Brighton hotels get pretty full in the summer, so we are recommending that people book cheap accommodation on campus:

Bed and breakfast options also possible:

To register please use the Paypal button here below. The fee includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday + refreshments. Looking forward to see you in Brighton!

Live Coding Symposium Full Fee – £25.00

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 Concessionary Fee (students, low waged) – £15.00

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Day 0 – algorave (from 7pm until late, Friday 4th July 2014)

These days, no symposium is complete without an algorave, and this one is curated and organised by Chris Kiefer and Chad McKinney. For details, see and the facebook page.

Day 1 schedule (Saturday 5th July 2014)

The symposium proper begins, in the University of Sussex campus – see above for location details.

10.00 – Coffee and registration
10.30 – Introduction to the symposium
11.00 – Two-presenter panel session led by Sally Jane Norman
           Presenter 1: Marije Baalman
           Presenter 2: Renick Bell
12.30 – Lunch
13.30 – Two-presenter panel session led by David Berry
           Presenter 1: Nick Rothwell
           Presenter 2: Hester Reeve
15.00 – Live performances by Marije Baalman and David Ogborn
15.30 – Tea and biscuits
16.00 – Bitsize presentations (ca 10 minutes each)
Julio d’Escrivan (Soundpainting as live coding approach)
Charlie Roberts (Live Coding Interfaces for Mobile Devices)
Andrew Brown (gestural controllers and code description)
Cecile Chevalier (Perceptual simulations in painting with code)
Alex McLean (choreography and code; live coded puppetry)
17.00 – Closing discussion
19.00 – Dinner @ Hare and Hounds (Mexican street food and craft beer!)

Day 2 schedule (Sunday 6th July 2014)

10.00 – Coffee
10.30 – Paper session
David Ogborn (Embodimentin relation to audio technologies)
Aneurin Barker Snook (Live coding and deafness)
Andrew Duff (live coding modular synths)
12.00 – Discussion – book planning, collaboration, code sprint, paper sprint, workshops, etc.
12.30 – Lunch
13.30 – The End (involving a swim on the Brighton beach?)