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NYU MAGNET - Media and Games Network

2 MetroTech Center

8th Floor, Lawrence Street Entrance

Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Music Community Lab and Live Code NYC present a day exploring the intersection of live code, music/sonic art, visuals, and beyond.

Featuring talks and workshops from artists and creators of live code performance tools, as well as open time for discussion, hacking, collaboration, serendipity, and performance.


- To create live code artworks/performances/tools
- To offer workshops on various live coding (visual and music) languages/frameworks that showcase the breadth of NYC’s live coding community
- To facilitate collaboration
- To promote the growth of the live coding community through outreach

Tentative Schedule

12:00 PM - Introductory Talks
1:00 PM - Brainstorm session
2:00 PM - Workshops and Hacking
7:00 PM - Performances


"Interdisciplinary Live Coding"
Kate Sicchio, Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
This talk explores how live coding may be used as a methodology for creative practice, ranging from music to visuals to dance.

"The Last Cloud"
Ben Taylor
A net art performance live coding several browser windows to mash-up web content.

"Video Techniques for Live Coding"
John Pasquarello, Creative Technologist, Future Colossal
A talk about using more videographic techniques for live coding. Because generated graphics are SOOO mainstream. Find ways to bring photos, videos, and other "irl" graphics into your visual sets!

"Picnic: Pseudo Live Coding MIDI with Park"
Damon Holzborn, Musician and Artist, Rustle Works
Park is a modular composition and performance system developed for the Web MIDI API. It is an attempt to combine the conceptual simplicity of a modular-style step sequencer with the algorithmic flexibility of a live coding language.

"Livecoding a Storm"
Lee Tusman, SUNY Purchase College and Campbell Watson, IBM Research
In this talk, we will describe a process for livecoding that combines improvisation and traditional livecoding tools along with triggering audio using data analysis of live weather data as input. We will demonstrate our current system and talk about ways to extend this.

"Getting Started with Writing Music with Code"
Jessica Garson, MESSICA ARSON / Twitter /
Jessica will tell the story of how she got started writing music with code and walk through how to get started. This talk will be a live coded adventure. She will show the basics of creating songs with the following libraries and languages:
- Sonic Pi and Ruby
- Tidal Cycles and Haskell
- FoxDot and Python

"The modern web-based Interaction of generative music systems"
Che-Yu Wu, Interaction Designer, Creative Engineer, Graphic Designer
Web-based technologies and tools are excellent approaches to produce generative music works with new possibilities. In the presentation, I will demonstrate the experience and works of how to combine Web Audio API, Physics simulations, Firebase real-time database, and the methodology to design the user interaction to produce generative music systems based on modern web standards.

"Designing DSLs for livecoding in Racket"
Mustafa Khafateh, music & code
I'll go over my experience porting a SuperCollider client from scheme to Racket, and show how we can use Racket to quickly create Domain Specific Languages


"Coding visuals in Javascript with Hydra"
Zach Krall, Graduate Student, Parsons School of Design (MFA Design + Technology)
An introduction in live-coding visual art using Hydra (a Javascript based Video Synthesizer). Workshop goals include using output buffers and chained functions to manipulate visual input.
Please bring headphones and a laptop with installed.

"An introduction to Live Coding in Sonic Pi"
Liam Baum, Music Teacher, BELL Academy, Bayside Queens
Sonic Pi is a programming environment for live coding music. We will learn about the basic commands to make sounds, creating generative music and how to apply these concepts to do live musical performances.
No previous coding or musical knowledge is required. Please bring headphones and a laptop with Sonic Pi installed

"Real-Time Interactive Visuals"
Ulysses Popple, Interactive Performer
This workshop will give you a foundation for creating interactive visuals. Starting with basic shapes, we'll work our way up to combining effects, constantly driving everything through live input.

- TouchDesigner
- Optional (but recommended): VS Code with the vscode-ldjs extension installed
- Something to make noise that's not too loud or distracting. I'll be clapping and whistling.

"Getting started with Live Coding in Python with FoxDot"
Dave Stein, Colonel Panix
Discover how to Live Code music using the FoxDot Python Library and the sound synthesis engine Supercollider. Participants will learn the techniques to create a rhythm, add a bass line, chord progression and melody as well as hints on organizing code to successfully perform in a live environment.
Participants should pre-install python, foxdot and supercollider:

"Hexadecimal Beats"
Steven Yi, Visiting Assistant Professor, RIT
Learn to live code rhythmic and melodic patterns using hexadecimal beat notation. Workshop will use the online site for demonstration and practice.

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This event is free with RSVP. Stay tuned for more details, and see you on Feb 2nd!


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