Algorave: Dance Music Created By Coding Algorithms

algoraveCan all digitally-created music really just be thought of as humans manipulating algorithms? If so, why not get to the heart of things? A burgeoning, extremely nerdy subculture called algorave revolves around generating, altering, and combining electronic sound loops via on-the-spot coding, using languages such as SuperCollider, with the coding projected on a large screen. Could this be the worst new form of music, or the most honest? Wikipedia writes:

An algorave is an event where people dance to music generated from algorithms, often using live coding techniques. Algoraves can include a range of styles, including a complex form of minimal techno, and has been described as a meeting point of hacker philosophy, geek culture, and clubbing.

The first self-proclaimed “algorave” was held as a warmup concert for the SuperCollider Symposium 2012. The first North American algorave took place in Hamilton, Ontario during the artcrawl of 9 August 2013.

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  • Tchoutoye

    They may call it it rave but I seriously doubt people actually dance to this.

  • Gjallarbru

    Or how to set the disposition of noise in a rhythmic fashion, while pretending to do music.

  • echar

    I’d rather listen to Pip farting on a snare drum.

  • Nick

    Wow! That’s… really terrible… and boring.

  • defaultxr

    This is actually pretty good if you give it a chance. Too bad everyone who commented before me only played the first 2 minutes before they went back to listening to Tool.

  • Andrew

    Has moments, but I’d like to hear something less repetitive, maybe stochastic. Like the Hub meets Autechre meets Toecutter.

    • MatthiasGoliath

      Great idea!

  • Dingbert

    “I happen to think that computers are the most important thing to happen to musicians since the invention of cat-gut which was a long time ago.” -Bob Moog

    . . .

    “One always has to remember these days where the garbage pail is, because it’s so easy to make sounds, and to put sounds together into something that appears to be music, but it’s just as hard as it always was to make good music.” -Bob Moog

  • Dingbert

    Sorry, son, I’m going to have to search you. Smash was applied to too few arguments. That’s probable cause, right there.

  • Michael

    This actually doesn’t seem any different than how most electronic music is created these days. The only difference being that the performer is typing in commands instead of using software with a fancy GUI like Ableton Live that creates the same kinds of commands behind the scenes. Seems like kind of a pointless exercise to me.

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