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Algorave Generation | Resident Advisor
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Visit the RA feature page: https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/3396

In this film, we meet a community of artists who are harnessing algorithms to make live and improvised electronic music.
"If music is a form of code, then perhaps code can be a form of music."

Algorithms drive the way we see, hear and interact with the world. And these days, there's a growing backlash against them. But "algorave"?short for algorithmic rave?offers a different way to harness these mathematical formulas. Algorave artists sit behind a laptop while their keystrokes are broadcast onto screens or walls around them, laying bare the mechanics behind the music. They run processes that create the sound in realtime, allowing for a truly live, improvisational and unpredictable form of electronic music.

This transparency is part of what makes algorave such an intriguing musical movement. It's a welcoming community with its own anti-hierarchical code of ethics. The tools of the trade are given out freely to anyone who wants them, with no special software necessary. Some think of algorave as an evolution of punk, while others value the way it bypasses music industry norms around performance, ownership and composition, demystifying the nature of algorithms in the process. We spoke to Renick Bell, Alex McLean, Lucy Cheesman, 65daysofstatic and more in an exploration of the scene's history, its values and its future.

Credits:

Director / Producer - Joseph Sansom (Edited Arts)
Camera / Editor - Rupert Earl (Edited Arts)
Executive Producer - Patrick Nation
Narrator - DEBONAIR
Dubbing Mixer - Guy Clarke
Colourist - Adam Clarke
Archive Footage - Berlin Atonal, Bluedot Festival, Dommune, ZKM | Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Livecode.NYC, Medialab Prado
Special Thanks - The Glove That Fits, Village Underground, Resolution, Johan Nordberg, Patrick Borgeat, 65daysofstatic, Sang Won Lee, James MacPherson, Orca, Fis, DINA Venue
Featured visualists - Antonio Roberts, Coral Manton, Dan Hett

Music in order of appearance:

Vactrols - Biomorph [Unreleased] 2018
kindohm - Live @ ICLC 2016 Algorave, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Renick Bell - Cyclical Forces [Halcyon Veil] 2018
65daysofstatic - Decomposition Theory - excerpt
Renick Bell - Recognising Conditioning [Halcyon Veil] 2018
Vactrols - Exposure [Unreleased] 2018
Yaxu - [cp0x0d] Broken - Side B [chordpunch] 2014
Unknown - Unknown [Unreleased] 2018
Canute - Live repetition

Tags
algorave,algorithm,algoraver,tidalcycles,gibber,resident advisor,techno,gabber,data,programming,free,electronic music,live coding,edited arts,alex mclean,renick bell,antonio roberts,dance music,code art,creative coding,mark fisher,capitalist realism,code

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