Author: yaxu

  • Tangible pattern notation

    Tangible pattern notation

    Paola Torres Núñez del Prado, Dave Griffiths and myself Alex McLean have been talking about making an tangible algorithmic pattern interface inspired by Andean Khipu for some time, including during her residency visit to Sheffield. Dave has been making some progress towards a workshop exploring the use of these tactile pendants to describe robot movements…

  • The Meaning of Live

    The Meaning of Live

    Live coding is a creative practice centering on live interaction via programming languages, often in performance in music, choreography, video animation or other time-based artform. Live coding has been around for over two decades now, and I (Alex) have had a great time being involved from the early days, including attending the first live coding/live…

  • Making Space for Algorithmic Alphabets

    Making Space for Algorithmic Alphabets

    It’s been masses of fun collaborating with Luke Iannini over the past year or so, including presenting some work-in-progress in our talk on “Making Space for Algorithmic Alphabets” at the Undone Computer Science conference last month. It was good to have a deadline for our pretty speculative explorations, and share some work-in-progress. We did really…

  • Live Notation for Patterns of Movement

    Live Notation for Patterns of Movement

    After a long journey, the journal article “Live Notation for Patterns of Movement” is published! This shares thinking behind the algorithmic choreography collaboration between Kate Sicchio and myself Alex McLean, where they have been exploring algorithmic patterns of movement in robots and humans (including themselves). The article explores false assumptions in generative arts, before exploring…

  • Drawing Kolam Patterns in Stitches and Code

    Drawing Kolam Patterns in Stitches and Code

    We’re happy to share the write-up of Anu Reddy‘s algorithmic pattern residency at the Then Try This studio in Sheffield. It was a busy fortnight, exploring the ancient Indian folk art of Kolam drawing by hand-stitching them through machine embroidered structures, as well as modelling their twisting paths in code. You can find our interactive…

  • Patterns in Deep Time

    Patterns in Deep Time

    Back in the summer of ’22, Dave Griffiths, Lizzie Wilson, Iván Paz and myself Alex McLean ran a workshop introducing tablet weaving to live coders (musicians who manipulate algorithms to make their music or other performing artform), to introduce them to ways of thinking about the algorithmic patterns they work with from the standpoint of…

  • Algorithmic Pattern Salon 2023

    Algorithmic Pattern Salon 2023

    The draft schedule and free signup for the Algorithmic Pattern Salon is now live! The salon is an international effort by Laura Devendorf, Vernelle Noel, Iván Paz, Anuradha Reddy, Elizabeth Wilson and myself Alex McLean, with the help of many folks who helped review all the submissions. We’ve put together a schedule of dozens of…

  • Research Resident: I. Nakhla

    Research Resident: I. Nakhla

    I Nakhla is our second of two residents we are supporting in collaboration with Digital Gardens festival hosted by AME Huddersfield. Their explorations so far have included exploring live coding of vocal patterns, with our TidalCycles environment together with the tidal-looper plugin. Through on-line sessions, it has been strange live coding our own voices while…

  • Research resident: V Buckenham

    Research resident: V Buckenham

    We’re happy to collaborate with Digital Gardens festival in hosting v buckenham for a research residency, developing a new live coding interface to explore patterning of letter forms. The outcome will be showcased in a workshop and exhibition at the festival in Huddersfield, which runs over the weekend 1st-3rd September 2023. v buckenham is an…

  • Open Call: Algorithmic Pattern research residency

    Open Call: Algorithmic Pattern research residency

    Open call: algorithmic pattern research resident Deadline: 31st August, 2023 BST(the form will close at midnight) We (Then Try This) would like to host a paid resident to explore algorithmic patterns. Residencies are a chance to step away from your usual situation, working in new surroundings, on a new topic, for a short period of…