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Making Music with TidalCycles
£15 + booking fee
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10:30am-2:30pm, Sat 18 May 2019

32 Cambridge Street, Sheffield, S1 4HP

In this workshop we will cover everything you need to get up and running with TidalCycles (known as Tidal for short!) - a free/open source platform for live coding musical patterns, that is, making music with code on-the-fly. The workshop will be lead by leading live coder Lucy Cheesman (a.k.a. Heavy Lifting).

No prior programming or music making experience required :)

Starting with the basics of installation and running the software, through to programming beats and manipulating samples, we’ll look at all the elements required for you to start putting together your own live coding sets from scratch.


You will need a laptop (mac, PC or linux all fine) and a pair of headphones to take part in this workshop. If you don’t have access to these things please contact Lucy at to arrange to borrow a set free of charge.

The most difficult part of learning Tidal is the installation! Please do your best to install before the workshop following the instructions online here. If you can’t install in advance don’t worry! We will be running an installation party before the workshop where we can troubleshoot any problems you are having.

Please note workshop timings are currently subject to change.

If you have any particular questions or access requirements please feel free to get in touch before the event.

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