Live Coding with Antonio Roberts

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This prgramme will also introduce you to the world of live coding. Over six weeks you will participate in a mixture of in-person workshops and asynchronous online discussion around live coding!

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A Big House Event supported by Real Creative Futures Digital

Please be aware that the places on this workshop series are very limited and so we have implemented a simple application process.

Please apply at the link at the bottom of the page,

Application deadline is 1st June.

The workshops will run on:

Tuesday 7th June - 12:00 – 15:00
Tuesday 14th June - 12:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 21st June - 12:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 28th, June - 12:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 12th July - 12:00 – 15:00
Tuesday 19th July 12:00 – 15:00



Live coding is a performative practice where artists and musicians use code to create live music and live visuals. This is often done at events called Algoraves, but live coding is a technique rather than a genre, and has also been applied to noise music, choreography, live cinema, and many other time-based artforms.

Since its inception in 2014 there have been hundreds of Algoraves taking place in over 100 cities and festivals around the world, including performances at Glastonbury, Sonar, SXSW, Bluedot, Mutek and Transmediale.

Find out more about Algorave here
Guardian feature on Algorave
Resident Advisor feature of Algorave
The Coding Train feature on Algorave

This prgramme will also introduce you to the world of live coding. Over six weeks you will participate in a mixture of in-person workshops and asynchronous online discussion around live coding.

By the end of the programme you will learn the skills needed to create your own artwork and performances using live coding tools. If you've ever been curious about using code to make music and visuals and have aspirations to perform at live coding events and Algoraves then this programme is perfect for you.

The main software being taught in these workshops will be:

TidalCyclces : An environment for live coding music with Algorithmic patterns. It is built in Haskell by Alex McLean and its programming language can be used to sequence sounds, notes, midi and other kinds of information.

Hydra : A platform for live coding visuals, inspired by analogue modular synthesis. It is built in javascript by Olivia Jack and be extended through the use of custom image textures, videos and web cam inputs.

The programme will delivered over six in-person workshop sessions of three hours each. In addition help and advice outside of the workshop session will be offered via a dedicated online forum.

At the conclusion of the programme participants will be given the chance to create a performance for an invited audience.

The programme is designed for artists, musicians and anyone with a creative practice who is curious about how it can be extended with live coding and generative practices. We anticipate really varied levels of experience, and as such welcome those will little experience with computer programming or making music or visual art.

NAE will provide computers and equipment, though participants are welcome to use their own laptops if they prefer.

Due to the pseudo-random nature of generative programming this programme has parts which contain flashing images.


Antonio Roberts is an artist and curator based in Birmingham, UK, working primarily with video, code, and sound. He is critically engaged with the themes surrounding network culture and in his practice explores how technology continues to shape ideas of creation, ownership, and authorship. As a performing visual artist and musician he utilises live coding techniques to demystify technology and reveal its design decisions, limitations, and creative potential.

His work has been featured at galleries and festivals including, Furtherfield (2013, 2019), Tate Britain (2014, 2015, 2020), Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago (2014), Birmingham Open Media (2015-2016), Jerwood Arts (2016), Whitney Museum of American Art (2017), Green Man Festival (2017), Barbican (2018), Victoria and Albert Museum (2019), Czurles Nelson Gallery (2019), and New Art Exchange (2021).

He has curated exhibitions and projects including GLI.TC/H Birmingham (2011), Bring Your Own Beamer (2012, 2013), Stealth (2015), No Copyright Infringement Intended (2017), Copy Paste (2020), and Rules of Engagement (2020). He is part of a-n's Artist Council, is an Artist Advisor for Jerwood Arts and from 2014 - 2019 he was Curator at Vivid Projects where he produced the Black Hole Club artist development programme.



Please apply at the link at the bottom of the page

Application deadline is Friday 29th April

PLEASE NOTE: The Big House events are free to you, because they are funded – however there is a cost attached to them for us and we are a not-for-profit organisation. So, if you have registered to come, your place will have been paid for. Our events are very popular and we often have a waiting list. With this in mind, if for any reason you are unable to attend it is very important that you cancel your ticket on Eventbrite as soon as possible, to enable someone else to take your place.

If you have already accessed 12 or more hours of support you may be placed on a waiting list - your place is not guaranteed until you receive confirmation from RCF-D Team.


If you have any questions and/or would like any further information about this event, please contact the Events Team at or telephone 0115 924 8630.


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As this event is part of a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) initiative, we will require you to be enrolled in The Big House Programme, prior to attending. If you are not already enrolled, you will find the appropriate form at: Please download and complete the form and bring it with you to the event, as it will be required when signing in.

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This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 - 2021

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Tuesday 7th June 2022

12:00pm - 13:00pm GMT

39-41 Gregory Boulevard
New Art Exchange
Nottinghamshire, NG7 6BE, UK

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