With a rise in attention and participation, however, draws assumptions which often do not sit comfortably with those involved; and if you take a moment to understand algorave yourself, you will liekly agree with the community’s discomfort. “We’re kind of portrayed in the media as a threat to DJs, or taking over,” suggests Roberts. “It’s just another approach to doing things, you know? Electronic music has been around forever and having things in sequence on an algorithm is a thing people are doing – but this is just another approach. I guess with increased attention, and our evolution, we’ve had to fight against that quite a lot. ”
Regardless of perception, the digital nature of algorave suggests that it won’t be disappearing anytime soon. If anything, content creators such as DJ_Dave will increase in visibility, creating an inevitable curiosity into the concept.
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During our discussion, Roberts laughs as he recalls seeing live coding at a folk festival recently, emphasizing the spreading nature of algorave. “In the future, I see it popping up in more places and areas of music and art,” he says. “I’d love to see, for example, an already popular rock, pop, or hip hop artist use live coding in the work. Not necessarily to help legitimize the practice, but to see how they would approach using it. ”
“I think live coding provides an alternative model for how things could be,” Wilson ponders. “One of the big components is open sourcing code – ie things should be readily available for someone else to run on their own computer and pick apart.
“I think this philosophy of knowledge distribution is going to be key in fighting some of the larger problems of the music industry and society: from companies like Spotify’s unfair algorithmic practices to gated-NFT festivals.”
And due to the openness of live coding, why don’t you have a shot?
“Download Sonic Pi and give it a try,” recommends DJ_Dave. “Especially if you have no coding background, Sonic Pi was designed to be an introductory learning tool for both coding and music and it’s a really great place to start (and it’s free!)”
Free, welcoming and global events with no sign of slowing down? See you at the next algorave.
10 years of Algorave takes place today at Corsica Studios, details here
Niamh Ingram is Mixmag’s Weekend Editor and freelance writer, follow her on Twitter