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SXSW 2019


Date/Time: Sunday 10th March – 3:30 pm

Location: Westin Hotel, Rm Continental 3

Participants: Alexandra Cardenas, Antonio Roberts, Joanne Armitage, Shelly Knotts 

This workshop will discuss Algorave: a global movement focussed on creating dance music through the writing and editing of algorithms.

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Joanne Armitage lectures in Digital Media at the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds. Her work covers areas such as physical computing, digital methods and critical computing. Currently, her research focuses on coding practices, gender and embodiment. In 2017 she was awarded the British Science Association’s Daphne Oram award for digital innovation.


She is a current recipient of Sound and Music’s Composer-Curator fund. Outside of academia she regularly leads community workshops in physical computing, live coding and experimental music making. Joanne is an internationally recognised live coder and contributes to projects including laptop ensemble, OFFAL and algo-pop duo ALGOBABEZ.


Recent projects include a coding cultural exchange between Yorkshire and Tokyo funded by Arts Council England, British Council, Daiwa Foundation and Sasakawa Foundation.

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Composer, programmer, and improviser of music, Alexandra Cárdenas has followed a path from Western classical composition to improvisation and live electronics. Using open source software like Super Collider and TidalCycles, her work is focused on the exploration of the musicality of code and the algorithmic behaviour of music. An important part of this exploration consists of the practice of live coding, including performances at the forefront of the Algorave scene and live coded electroacoustic music.


Antonio Roberts is a New Media artist and Curator based in Birmingham, UK. His practices explore what ownership and authorship mean in an age impacted by digital technology.


His visual and performance work has been featured at galleries and festivals including in Arles, France (2012), Glitch Moment/ums at Furtherfield Gallery, London (2013), Loud Tate: Code at Tate Britain (2014), glitChicago at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, US (2014), Permission Taken at Birmingham Open Media and University of Birmingham (2015-2016), Common Property at Jerwood Arts, London (2016), Ways of Something at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017), Green Man Festival, Wales (2017) and Barbican, London (2018).


He has curated exhibitions and projects including GLI.TC/H Birmingham (2011), the Birmingham editions of Bring Your Own Beamer (2012, 2013), µChip 3 (2015), Stealth (2015), and No Copyright Infringement Intended (2017).


Shelly Knotts produces live-coded and network music performances and projects which explore aspects of code, data and collaboration in improvisation. She performs and presents her work internationally, and collaborates prolifically with computers and other humans. 
As well as performing at numerous Algoraves and Live Coding events, she collaborates with improvisers across a spectrum of styles and practices. Current projects include algo-pop duo ALGOBABEZ (with Joanne Armitage), telematic laptop ensemble OFFAL (Orchestra For Females And Laptops), and audio-visual, generative live coding performance [Sisesta Pealkiri] with Alo Allik. 

She has received commissions and residencies from national funders in the UK. Her music has been released on Fractal Meat and Chordpunch record labels and in 2017 she was a winner of the inaugural Performing Rights Society for Music Foundation and BBC Radiophonic Workshop The Oram Awards for innovation in sound and music.

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