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Alexandra Cardenas

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Alexandra Cárdenas
GenresFree improvisation, Algorave
Years active2000–present

Alexandra Cárdenas (born 1976) is a Colombian composer and improviser[1] now based in Berlin, who has followed a path from Western classical composition to improvisation and live electronics.[2] Her recent work has included live coding performance,[3] including performances at the forefront of the Algorave scene,[4][5][6][7][8][9] she also co-organised a live coding community in Mexico City. At the 2014 Kurukshetra Festival Cárdenas was a keynote speaker and hosted a music live coding workshop, the first of its kind in India.[10][11] Cárdenas has been invited to talk about and perform live coding at events such as the Berlin based Transmediale festival[12] and the Ableton sponsored Loop symposium,[13][14] and held residencies including at Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan[15] and Centre for the Arts in Mexico City.[16]

She has been featured in videos by governmental broadcast agencies..[17]


  1. ^ "Navis fracta: de viaje entre la música y la escultura". Noticiasnet (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2016-01-26. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  2. ^ Alex (November 27, 2013). "Interview: Alexandra Cardenas". TOPLAP. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  3. ^ Debourse, Elisabeth (2014-02-05). "Live coding: le mariage geek des algorithmes et de la musique". focus.levif.be. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  4. ^ Cheshire, Tom (29 August 2013). "Culture: Hacking meets clubbing with the 'algorave'". Wired UK. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  5. ^ "Hacking + Clubbing = Algorave!". Arte TV. Archived from the original on 2016-01-27. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  6. ^ Reynaud, Florian. "Les programmeurs sont les nouveaux DJ". Slate (in French). Slate.fr. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  7. ^ "High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music in Baltimore 2015 :: 17 Years!". www.highzero.org. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
  8. ^ "Alexandra Cárdenas:Internationale Gäste beim dritten Karlsruher Algorave"!". Inka. Algorave Clubkultur (in German). November 14, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  9. ^ ""TOXIC TUNES" - neue Konzertreihe für Hamburg, präsentiert von NDR das neue werk Auftaktkonzert: Dienstag, 1. Dezember, 20.00 Uhr, Resonanzraum St. Pauli, Hamburg". NDR (in German). Norddeutscher Rundfunk. November 16, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  10. ^ Rajkumar, Chandresh. "LIVE CODING | Kurukshetra 2014 | The Battle of Brains". Kurukshetra 2014 | The Battle of Brains. Kurukshetra. Archived from the original on 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  11. ^ "Algoraves: Dancing to live coding - SD Times". Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  12. ^ "TOXIC TUNES: First Night - Soft Machines" (in German). NDR. December 1, 2015. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "Alexandra Cárdenas | transmediale". transmediale.de. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  14. ^ "Alexandra Cárdenas". loop.ableton.com. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  15. ^ "TWS residency: Alexandra Cárdenas". Tokyo Wonder Site. Institute of Contemporary Arts and International Cultural Exchange www.tokyo-ws.org. Archived from the original on 2016-01-29. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
  16. ^ "Alexandra Cárdenas". Loop. Berlin: loop.ableton.com. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
  17. ^ McLean, Alex. "Live coding and algorave" (Video). Arte Tracks (in French). Arte. Retrieved February 2, 2016 – via YouTube.

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