Friday 8 2018 LPM is Algorave, an event where music and visuals are generated from algorithms, often using live coding techniques. Algoraves can include a range of styles, including a complex form of minimal techno, and the movement has been described as a meeting point of hacker philosophy, geek culture, and clubbing.
Although live coding is commonplace, any algorithmic music and visuals is welcome which is “wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive conditionals”, which is a corruption of the definition of rave music in the UK’s Criminal Justice Act. Although algorave musicians and visual artists have been compared with DJs and VJs, they are in fact live performers or improvisers, creating music and visuals live, usually by writing or modifying code, rather than mixing recorded music and videos.
At an Algorave the computer of the performers may not be the main point of focus for the audience and instead attention may be centered on a screen that displays live coding, that is the process of writing source code, so the audience can not just dance or watch and listen to the audio and visuals generated by the source code but also to see the process of programming.