Alex McLean

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Alex McLean
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Born 1975
Nationality British
Occupation musician
Known for Live coding, TidalCycles, TOPLAP, Algorave

Alex McLean (born 1975) is a British musician and researcher. He is notable for his key role in developing live coding as a musical practice, [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7][8][9][10][11] including for creating TidalCycles, a live-coding environment [12] that allows programmer musicians to code simply and quickly,[13] and for coining the term Algorave with Nick Collins.[14]

He is an active and influential member of the live coding community; he is a co-founder of TOPLAP[15] and joint leader of the Live Coding Research Network.[16] Alex is co-founder of the Chordpunch record label[17]

McLean is also known for his work in software art, winning the Transmediale award for software art in 2002 for forkbomb.pl,[18] a short Perl script which creates a unique image from an operating system under heavy load,[19][20][21] and co-founding the runme.org software art repository with Olga Goriunova, Amy Alexander and Alexei Shulgin in 2003, which received an honorary mention in the Prix Ars Electronica netvision category in 2004.

Alex McLean performs as a solo artist under the moniker Yaxu and is also a member of the live coding bands Slub[22] and Canute (band). He has also collaborated with Kate Sicchio in combining live coding and live choreography.[23]

During 2016, McLean is sound artist in residence at the Open Data Institute, as part of the Sound and Music embedded programme.[24]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Peak Cut (Computer Club; March 30, 2015)[25]
  • Broken (Chordpunch; 2011)[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Muggs, Joe. "Algoraving: Dancing to Live Coding". Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Perry, Grayson. "Is the world wide web art's final frontier?". The Times. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Welleman, Vincent. "SLUB-trio Muziek moet het visuele volgen, niet omgekeerd". Kwadratuur. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Temkin, Daniel. "Interview with Alex McLean". Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Fortune, Stephen. "What on earth is livecoding?". Dazed Digital. 
  6. ^ "Algorave: dansen op software". NOS. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  7. ^ Cheshire, Tom (29 August 2013). "Hacking meets clubbing with the 'algorave'". Wired Magazine. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Bell, Sarah. "Live Coding Brings Programming to Life - an interview with Alex McLean". British Science Association. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Hacking + Clubbing = Algoraves!". ARTE. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  10. ^ Andrews, Robert. "Real DJs Code Live". wired.com. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  11. ^ Collins, N. and McLean, A. and Rohrhuber, J. and Ward, A. (2004). "Live coding in laptop performance". Organised Sound. Cambridge University Press (3): 321–330. doi:10.1017/S135577180300030X. 
  12. ^ McLean, Alex. "Tidal – Pattern Language for Live Coding of Music". Sound and Music Computing. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  13. ^ Bell, Sarah. "Live Coding Brings Programming to Life - an interview with Alex McLean". British Science Association. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  14. ^ Cheshire, Tom (29 August 2013). "Hacking meets clubbing with the 'algorave'". Wired Magazine. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Toplap Credits". Sound and Music Computing. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  16. ^ "About Live Coding Research Network". 
  17. ^ "Hacking + Clubbing = Algoraves!". Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  18. ^ Gere, Charlie (2012-08-07). Community Without Community in Digital Culture. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137026675. 
  19. ^ Mackenzie, Adrian (2006-01-01). Cutting Code: Software and Sociality. Peter Lang. ISBN 9780820478234. 
  20. ^ Bentkowska-Kafel, Anna; Cashen, Trish; Gardiner, Hazel (2007-01-01). Futures Past: Thirty Years of Arts Computing. Intellect Books. ISBN 9781841501680. 
  21. ^ Matthews, Graham; Goodman, Sam (2013-05-31). Violence and the Limits of Representation. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137296917. 
  22. ^ Armitage, Tom. "Making music with live computer code". Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  23. ^ Squires, Paul. "In conversation with Kate Sicchio and Alex McLean". Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  24. ^ "Alex McLean chosen as ODI's sound artist in residence". Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  25. ^ "Peak Cut release". 
  26. ^ "Broken release". 

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