Livecoding in Space

April 4, 12pm - 12am edt

creative coding workshops & social distancing dance party

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Schedule (in EDT)

Workshops & Talks

12pm - 1pm Livecoding for beginners with p5.js, Leandra T

Intro to creative coding for visual performance, beginners welcome!

1pm - 2pm Learn Hydra, Zach Krall

This workshop will serve as an introduction to Hydra, a live-coding environment for creating visuals using JavaScript. Participants will learn how to write code to create visual art. While Hydra uses JavaScript, we will cover the necessary code to get sketches up and running. If you've never coded with JavaScript or if you've never coded before, you will be able to learn how to use Hydra!

2pm - 3pm KAIROS: performing music with Csound and Haskell, Leonardo Foletto

Kairos is a library for the Haskell programming language designed to live code patterns of Csound score instructions to be sent to a UDP server running a pre prepared Csound orchestra. In this presentation I will describe the operational principles behind the software and give a short demo/tutorial.

3pm - 3:30pm Break with Michael Legend, DMV Rap Artist

3:30pm - 4pm Hardware Hacking using Raspberry Pi, Michael Coney

Control Panels, Arcade Games, MIDI controllers! Learn how to build controls for the world around you with this workshop. This beginner friendly workshop is all about using Python to interface with the worlds most popular SBC computer, the Raspberry Pi. Using the library, we'll talk about setting up some basics such as using the GPIO, buttons, and LED lights. We'll also show how you can use them to bring your projects into the real world with physical interfaces.
Needs: Raspberry Pi B, A+, B+, 4, Zero, or Zero W (any with 40 pin header)

4pm - 5pm VODKA, Jason Scherer

Vodka is an accessible browser-based lisp-based livecoding environment for creating art, UI prototypes, user-facing app, and games. Jason will introduce Vodka, discuss his process building this environment, and show demos and future plans.

5pm - 5:30pm TidalCycles: Intro + Performance, Alex McLean

10 minute intro to a Tidal function, followed by a 20 minute performance using that function. TidalCycles (or 'tidal' for short) is free/open source software, that allows you to make patterns with code, whether live coding music at algoraves or composing in the studio. It includes language for describing flexible (e.g. polyphonic, polyrhythmic, generative) sequences.

5:30pm - 6pm Open Projector {Stream} signup

An opportunity for anyone to perform or show something they learned or created, lightning-talk style

Social Distancing Dance Party // Algorave!

6pm - 6:30pm Round robin signup

Performers are randomly added to a flok room 4 at a time and see what happens!

6:30pm - 7pm NorthWoods

NorthWoods, experimental live coding, home-bent electronics, fretless guitar, Nixon.

7pm - 7:40pm Poetry performances & spacy visuals featuring JON EYE, Mental Stamina, Dior Ashley Brown & DJ Art

7:40pm - 8pm DJ Tommy Tranq

Tommy Tranq is a techno recording and performance artist, focusing on making electronic music with physical equipment. Tom hails from the Washington, DC area and is happy to be apart of this SpacyCloud hosted event. The performance features Tom playing the Korg Monotribe groovebox (a combination drum machine/synthesizer) and the Way Huge Swollen Pickle fuzz pedal. Both are totally analog pieces of equipment and their performance is completely live and spontaneous. To keep up with Tom, follow him on Instagram (@djTommyTranq) and on SoundCloud (Tommy Tranq).

8pm - 8:30pm Ashlae //

8:30pm - 9pm Messica Arson

Messica Arson is the musical project of Jessica Garson described by the Financial Times as gnarly cut-up sounds. Messica mixes live-coded danceable elements with live-sampled screams for an electrifying live experience, unlike anything you've ever seen before.

9pm - 9:30pm Dan Gorelick // Stefan Pelikan [live-webscraping + hydra visuals]

9:30pm - 10pm Zach Krall // Maxwell Neely-Cohen

10pm - 10:30pm f00f [tidalcycles] // eeeeaaii

10:30pm - 11pm Reckoner // Char Stiles

11pm - 11:30pm mgs

IG:, Twitch: mgs_nyc, soundcloud: mgs_nyc

11:30pm - 12am Richard Seymour // Jay Kay, DC Visual Artist

From Jay, visual artist: This is a study on self portrait using a single continuous line as I listen to the live coding streaming and how that affects each of the self portrait that I draw.

Guest artist, Zhenya Parish

Zhenya Parish will be painting along with the night of performances. She's a clasically and culturally trained painter, based in the DC area. In her latest phase of discovery, she paints in time, moments, and experiences. Taking in the essences of the shared energy of life. Capturing an ephemeral encounter of art in community, while it happens. You are her painting. You are her moment.

Tip Jar

This event was organized by sPACYcLOUd, an incredible space in DC that supports artists and the livecoding community. If you'd like to support them, you can visit their inkind page or purchase a giftcard.

Updates & Reminders


For Sounds

Sonic PI (Ruby)

Sonic Pi is a tool to create music using Ruby.

FoxDot (Python)

Live-coding music using Python and SuperCollider.


TidalCycles (or 'tidal' for short) is free/open source software, that allows you to make patterns with code, whether live coding music at algoraves or composing in the studio. Tidal is embedded in the Haskell language, although you don't have to learn Haskell to learn Tidal - most tidal coders have little or no experience in software engineering.

For Visuals

Hydra (JavaScript)

Hydra is a "set of tools for livecoding networked visuals. Inspired by analog modular synthesizers, these tools are an exploration into using streaming over the web for routing video sources and outputs in realtime." (GitHub)

Live Code Lab (CoffeeScript)

"Livecodelab is a special secret place where you can make fancy "on-the-fly" 3d visuals and play awesomely offbeat (literally) sounds. "On-the-fly" meaning: as you type. Type just three letters: "box", and boom! a box appears. No clicking play, no waiting, no nothing." (Website)

Big Toplap list with many more resources to explore!