…para ser libres… is an eight-channel networked sound installation. It is a metaphor for communal work, wherein many creators collaborate for the wellbeing of all, and celebrates the many ways in which an individual or a community can decide to be free by sharing openly the fruits of their work. An ever-changing mix of generative sonic patterns occupies the loudspeakers, while, following the live coding tradition of projecting one’s screen, the SuperCollider code that creates the patterns is projected on the wall. Live coding performers from around the world reach into the installation over the Internet, changing the code as it runs. Simultaneous with its exhibition at the Factory Media Centre, …para ser libres… is running at el Memorial in Mexico City, through the Centre for Digital Culture. Audience members in both Hamilton and Mexico City will see and hear the actions of distantly located artist-programmers.
Alexandra Cárdenas is a composer, programmer and improviser of music. Born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1976, she studied composition (as well as mathematics and classical guitar) at the Universidad de los Andes. Her works have been played in diverse venues throughout America, Europe and Asia. Cárdenas’ work explores the musicality of code and the algorithmic behaviour of music, using open source software, such as SuperCollider and TidalCycles. Live coding is a key part of this exploration. Sustaining an intense level of activity as both a teacher and performer of live coding, she is among the pioneers of live coding in electroacoustic music and is at the forefront of the Algorave scene. cargocollective.com/tiemposdelruido
David Ogborn is a media producer and researcher whose pursuits span electronic music, artistic programming, games and networked collaboration. He is especially known for his activities as a live coding performer, creating music and visuals by programming in front of an audience, frequently in collaborative settings. At McMaster University, he teaches in the undergraduate Multimedia and graduate New Media and Communication programs, and is the director of the live coding laptop orchestra, the Cybernetic Orchestra. In Fall 2016, he will chair the second International Conference on Live Coding, which will take place in Hamilton, both at McMaster and at performance venues in downtown Hamilton. http://www.d0kt0r0.net