Benoît and the Mandelbrots

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Benoit and the Mandelbrots performing at the SuperCollider Symposium, 2012

Benoît and the Mandelbrots, named after French American mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot, is a Computer Music band formed in 2009 in Karlsruhe, Germany. They are known for their live coded and Algorave performances,[1] the Digital Arts practice of improvising with programming languages that gradually dissolves the distinction between composer and performer.[2]

The band consists of Juan A. Romero, Holger Ballweg, Patrick Borgeat and Matthias Schneiderbanger,[3] who met while studying at the Institute for Musicology and Music Informatics at the University of Music Karlsruhe in Germany. They perform live using the SuperCollider programming language, writing code to improvise music in a range of electronic music genres, from techno to noise.[4]

As an improvising group focused on live performance, they have performed at major venues on the international stage,[5] and were recognised with an honorary mention at the highly prestigious Prix Ars Electronica awards in 2012,[6] and had a live recording published by the esteemed Computer Music Journal in 2011.[7] In 2016 they released their first album as double vinyl and digital download, featuring live coded improvisation.[8]


  1. ^ Dupelius, Friedemann (March 2012). "Show us your Screens". Dissonance. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  2. ^ Saxer, Marion (2016). "Composer-Performer". In Hiekel, Jörn Peter; Utz, Christian (eds.). Lexikon Neue Musik. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler Verlag. pp. 212–214. ISBN 978-3-476-02326-1.
  3. ^ "Benoît and the Mandelbrots (official site)". Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  4. ^ Blank, Julia (November 2011). "Sehen, was man tut. Das Laptop-Ensemble 'Benoit and the Mandelbrots' im Porträt". Neue musikzeitung. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  5. ^ Cotton, Ross (January 2012). "Benoit and the Mandelbrots in conversation".
  6. ^ "Ars Electronica Honorary Mentions: Benoît and the Mandelbrots". Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  7. ^ Thor Magnusson; Alex McLean; Nick Collins (November 2011). Douglas Keislar (ed.). "DVD program notes". Computer Music Journal. MIT Press. 35 (4): 119–137. doi:10.1162/COMJ_e_00098.
  8. ^ "Benoît and the Mandelbrots - Benoît and the Mandelbrots". Discogs. Retrieved 21 April 2016.

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