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.

This listening workshop will be free of charge and open to all. A sign-up link will be added here soon, please email Alex at if you would like to be notified when the sign-up is live.

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