Listening to algorithmic patterns

One of the most fascinating aspects of patterns is that what we perceive in them (e.g. repetitions, symmetries, interferences, glitches) are often echoes of movements performed in the making processes (respectively repetitions, changes in direction, interlacements, mistakes). Whether performed by humans or machines, these patterned ways of making are algorithms, and there lies a deep relationship between craft and technology.

As part of the looms-in-motion programme, team member Alex McLean will hold a live, online listening workshop, where participants will listen to algorithmic patterns together, which Alex will create live using his free/open source ‘live coding’ system TidalCycles, which he has developed extensively during the PENELOPE project. He will also compare algorithms for music-making with those for weaving, with respect to the different sonic and textile constraints at play.

Sign up form

If you would like to join the session, please complete the signup form, and we will email the ‘zoom’ link before the workshop. The session is free of charge.

Please see the the event page for the sign up link. The ‘local time’ there should be displayed in your local timezone.

Previous talk

Below is a previous talk given by Alex for the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference, introducing Algorithmic Pattern with visual and musical demonstrations.