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Creative Code Club (with Antonio Roberts)

Sunday 16 April 1pm - 4pm Co-work space : Shieldfield Centre

Creative Code Club is an informal and inclusive space for exploring creative coding, and all levels of experience are very welcome, including complete beginners. Bring a laptop and some headphones if you can, or just yourself if you can’t.

Sunday 16 April 

1pm – 4pm 

Co-work space

Pay what you feel

Creative Code Club is an informal and inclusive space for exploring creative coding, and all levels of experience are very welcome, including complete beginners. Bring a laptop and some headphones if you can, or just yourself if you can’t. In these sessions we discuss creative coding cultures and practices, and try out beginner friendly programming languages for making music and video, and share what we’ve made.

In this special edition, Creative Code Club regulars Shelly Knotts and Holger Ballweg, will be joined by glitch artist and live coder Antonio Roberts for a series of mini-workshops in live coding sound and video.

Live coding is a creative practice that involves the live writing and editing of computer code as a performance, and is often used at Algoraves as well as in more experimental creative practices. Algorave is a global scene of dance music parties that include live algorithms, music, video and dancing.

The workshop will be followed by performances from the workshop leaders and an open code jam session at The Lubber Fiend. Use your skills learnt during the day to join us in the jam! More event info here:

If you have any questions about the workshop contact:

The session will include mini-workshops on the following tools:

Hydra is a platform for live coding visuals, inspired by analogue modular synthesis. This workshop will be led by visual artist Antonio Roberts aka hellocatfood, who will introduce you to the basics of Hydra, focusing on how image sources can be transformed, modulated, and combined by chaining together different functions. By the end of the workshop you will learn the skills needed to perform using Hydra. If you’ve ever been curious about using code to make visuals then this workshop is perfect for you.

Sonic Pi is a beginner friendly, yet powerful, language for making music with. The language is designed to be easily readable and is used in schools and by professional musicians. In this workshop Shelly Knotts will introduce will teach the basics of how to use synths and samples to make loops and bigger musical structures. You should leave the workshop with the building blocks to start making your own music in Sonic Pi.

SuperCollider is the lingua franca of algorithmic music making, having been around for more than two decades. It is extremely powerful and versatile, open source, works on all major operating systems, but can be a bit intimidating to start with. In this hands-on introductory Holger Ballweg will show you how to create instruments out of sound generators and filters, and create patterns to play them. On the way we’ll learn about the basics of the SuperCollider programming language (sclang), and some of its weirdness and power. Some previous programming experience recommended.

Image by Richard Hodgkinson

 About the Workshop Leaders:

Antonio Roberts is an artist and curator based in Birmingham, UK, working primarily with video, code, and sound. He is critically engaged with the themes surrounding network culture and in his practice explores how technology continues to shape ideas of creation, ownership, and authorship. As a performing visual artist and musician he utilises live coding techniques to demystify technology and reveal its design decisions, limitations, and creative potential. In 2021 he co-founded the (Algo|Afro) Futures programme for early career Black artists to learn about live coding and creative coding. He has performed at events and venues including SXSW, Barbican, Green Man Festival, Supersonic Festival, British Library, BlueDot Fetsival, Cafe Oto, ICLC, Corsica Studios and more.

Holger Ballweg is a live coder and programmer living in Newcastle upon Tyne.  In 2018 he finished a PhD at Northumbria University turning data into sound for scientific purposes. Today he is working in a local startup and makes noisy sounds with SuperCollider and PD. He is a member of the live coding laptop band Benoît and the Mandelbrots, with whom he performed over 70 concerts in Germany and Europe. He created, a radio station playing algorithmically curated birdsong from around the world.

Shelly Knotts is an artist-researcher based in Newcastle upon Tyne who produces live-coded and network music performances and projects which explore aspects of code, data and collaboration in improvisation. She is interested in the interaction between humans, data and algorithms in the real world and her work uses sound performance as way to interrogate these interactions through play. She performs internationally, collaborating with computers and other humans, at events and venues including SXSW, Mutek, Algorithmic Arts Assembly, Microwave New Media Arts Festival, British Library, BlueDot Festival The Vortex and Cafe Oto.

Image by Marcin Sz