Live Coding Musical Patterns with Strudel

Alex McLean

3.30pm - 5pm
Saturday 4th February 2023
Staffordshire Street
Free. Entry limited to ticket holders.

Curious about how to make algorithmic music from simple pattern operations? Heard about Algoraves but unsure how to get into live coding? This will be a beginner-friendly introduction to live coding with the Strudel ( https://strudel.tidalcycles.org ) live coding system, no experience in coding or music necessary! Just bring a laptop (or other device with a web browser), and preferably headphones, and learn about this accessible system for music-making, and it's inspiration from heritage pattern-making practices.


Participants need to:

  • Bring your own laptop
  • Install Firefox or Chrome browsers (recommended)
  • Charge your laptop in advance (plugs will be available)
  • Bring Headphones (recommended)

If you do not have a laptop, please contact us in advance.


Alex has been exploring algorithmic patterns as a live coding musician since around the year 2000. He's active across the digital and software arts, including founding the TidalCycles and Strudel live coding systems, and co-founding the TOPLAP live coding and Algorave algorithmic dance music collectives, and the AlgoMech festival. He has performed widely including at Sonar, Transmediale, Glastonbury, Ars Electronica, and No Bounds festivals. He currently holds a four-year non-academic research fellowship, exploring algorithmic patterns as part of the non-profit open access lab Then Try This. https://slab.org/