18 Apr

London Algorave

MS Stubnitz, LondonUK

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Trailblazing generative music phenomenon Algorave concludes the first round of The Transceiver Series onboard visiting culture ship MS Stubnitz.

Dance away your preconceptions about electronic music, as they compose the soundtrack to a good night out using real-time algorithms.

Algoraves are parties where computer algorithms are involved in music production. Algorithms have long been used in music, famously by Mozart, Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage and more recently by Autechre. Algorave parties follow this line but put the attention back on the audience, where alien sounds of rave music are augmented with the alien structures of algorithmic composition, and the audience finds new ways to enjoy and dance to the music.

The Algorave community is international and fast-growing, and this event bring together emerging artists from Mexico, Sydney and Newport Pagnell. Mico Rex fuse together punk acid with exuberant vocals fresh from the fandangos of Mexico City. Yee-King develops his drill n’ bass sound from his Rephlex classic “SuperUser”, combining live coding with live drumpad drilling. This list of innovators goes on; Andrew Sorensen massages his live algorithms into algorithmic trance, slub producing their trademark dirty, pure functional gabber techno, Sick Lincoln performing dynamical datapop with algoravethms to make your mind and body spin, Norah Lorway developing her lush ambience into pounding procedural glitch, Luuma manipulating multiple devices and interfaces to make industrial dystopian darkfloor, Hernani introducing acousmatic music into aleatoric percussion, and Section 9 live coding house which is both progressive and recursive.

All of these performers will make their algorithmic instruments and languages as visible as possible, but the point isn’t to understand the algorithm, but to understand the music; to reclaim technology for the people and to enjoy it together.

London Algorave