"The scene at an algorave is often what you'd expect from any good techno night – a dark room, engaging visuals, a decent, bass-heavy speaker set-up, and lots of people ready to dance... performers at algoraves respond to each other and the audience in real time, often projecting the lines of code onto the walls as they type. lt’s coding as improvisation and experiment." – Wire magazine
The algorave movement (a portmanteau of "algorithmic rave") has been developing over the past six years, now well past its 200th event, reaching over 80 cities worldwide. Algoraves are basically club nights where all the music is generated from code. Despite this, the emphasis is on human expression – code is created and manipulated by a real life musician, and projected so you can see the code get chopped and changed in order to create the music. The scene is particularly vibrant here in Sheffield, the international movement informally coordinated from here by its co-founder Alex McLean.
This will be an extra special party over two rooms, one for 'algorithmic dance floor bangers' (including Leafcutter John, AlgoBabez, Linux Lewis, TYPE, CCAI) and the other for chill-out experiments (e.g. Siberian algorithmic trance from UDAGAN, live coded indie pop from Deerful).
You can find out more about algorave from the recent Resident Advisor short film below, featuring interviews from several of the Algo/Mesh artists.
Part of AlgoMech festival 2019.