7:30pm-12am, 11 Nov. 2017
Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PP
Tickets: £9 adv (free with concert pass)
"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.." - The Wire magazine
Algorave is a combination of "algorithms" and "rave", the opportunity to dance to alien rhythms and visuals, all created from code before your eyes. The Algorave scene is fast-growing, informally coordinated from Sheffield, and reaching over 50 cities over five years.
At AlgoMech 2017 we aim to take Algorave to the next level, bringing together some of the best algorithmic (and mechanical) dance music producers and VJs, playing over Sheffield's fiendish DangerNoise soundsystem, with immersive projections covering the walls of Millennium Gallery. As with the rest of the festival we'll be mixing mechanisms with the algorithms, showcasing repetitive dance music made from handmade robots as well as live code.
Fresh from Newcastle, live coded music inspired by avant-techno, hip-hop, footwork, the euclidean algorithm, free-as-in-freedom culture, repetition, nonrepetition, subby kicks and people dancing.
Live-coded, off-kilter, dense arrays of kicks, synths, and bass ranging from 0.583 to 1.000 cycles per second. Using the TidalCycles live-coding environment, Kindohm shapes paradoxical rhythms and opaque textures while imparting regular pulses for feeling and moving.
Live code veterans Slub, deconstructing gabber from handmade programming languages and dyadic interfaces since the year 2000. For AlgoMech slub are appearing as a trio of Dave Griffiths (FoAM Generalist, Aphex Twin collaborator), Alexandra Cardenas (German+Mexican scene forerunner) and Alex McLean (Algorave co-founder, Computer Club intern).
Live-coding Algobabe of legend down from Leeds, bringing broken rhythms from classic synths driven by live coded algorithms.
Goto80 & Jacob Remin
Two Commodore 64s play music. One is operated by a human, the other by a robotic arm. The robot makes melodies, modulates sounds and rhythms, and re-arranges songs on its own, occasionally conducted by a human. The robot also uses other hardware. Meanwhile, the first C64 is operated by a human who has nothing prepared, and who has to make all the sounds and arrangement on the fly.
Faubel and Schreiber
Music made autonomous machines and electronic circuits -- small motors, tiny striking mechanisms, minimal robots -- that function according to their very own logic. The machines will be placed on an overhead projector, so their movements cast a shadow play. Live experimentation in search for patterns, structures and minimal techno we like to dance to.
Working collaboratively in a shared text buffer each member of The Yorkshire Programming Ensemble will construct portions of music-generating code before interacting with the work one another has left behind. By making and unmaking each other’s code TYPE will work both together and against each other in the exploration of sound and rhythms.
Coral will be live coding visuals using Cyril, a live coding language designed for fast prototyping of visuals.
Blissful live-coded melodies and soundscapes up from Nottingham, made with TidalCycles.
Live code, smashed inputs, and broken geometry combine to make Ritual’s unpredictable live visuals. He’ll be working alongside a new (un)intelligent algorithmic co-conspirator that edits/enhances/breaks the code as it’s being written. Begin the summoning.