Canute are made up of algorave co-founders and live coding veterans Matthew Yee-King and Alex McLean..
Matthew has performed live internationally and nationally as well as recording many sessions for BBC Radio. In the past his solo music has been released on electronic music imprints such as Warp Records and Richard James’ Rephlex Records. Past collaborators include Jamie Lidell, Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher), Finn Peters and Max de Wardener. He is currently a research fellow at Goldsmiths College in London.
Alex has also performed widely at festivals around the world as one third of the live coding band Slub with Dave Griffiths and Ade Ward. He has also worked with Leafcutter John, xname, Paul Hession, Alexandra Cardenas, and cross-disciplinary projects including with live artist Hester Reeve, choreographer Kate Sicchio and performance artist Susanne Palzer. He is co-founder of the TOPLAP live coding organisation, and the Algorave collective, and founded the TidalCycles live coding environment. He releases solo music as Yaxu on the Computer Club label including his upcoming album Spicule. He is based in Sheffield and works as a generalist at FoAM Kernow.
Live coded techno meets drill 'n bass percussion, both fully improvised for plenty of surprises.Appearing at: Millennium Gallery
"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 freaky visuals, all created from code before your eyes. The Algorave scene is fast-growing around the world, with Sheffield a strong centre, building on its fine roots in electronic music history. For the AlgoMech Algorave we are teaming up with Millennium Gallery Live Lates, and mixing in some mechanical techno to spice up the algorithmic electronics. We'll be bringing together algorithmic and mechanical artists from UIQ, PC Music, Computer Club, Rephlex, Conditional and NTS radio on one bill.. This has to be experienced!