Make music with code, with Joanne Armitage

Music Hackspace


£30.00




August 21 @ 18:30 - 21:00 at Somerset House Studios

In this workshop, Joanne Armitage will show participants how to get started making music with code in SuperCollider, with specific reference to her own creative practice. SuperCollider is a powerful open-source platform for audio synthesis and algorithmic composition, used by musicians, artists, and researchers working with sound. It is free and open source software available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Requirements: Participants should bring a laptop (masOS/Windows/Linux), and a pair of headphones. Please install SuperCollider in advance. It can be downloaded for free here. This workshop requires no prior experience with either Supercollider or music production.

Joanne is an internationally recognised live coder and contributes to groups including laptop ensemble, OFFAL and algo-pop duo ALGOBABEZ. In 2019 she curated SXSW’s first Algorave supported by Lush, PRS Foundation and British Underground. Recent projects include a coding cultural exchange between Yorkshire and Tokyo funded by Arts Council England, British Council, Daiwa Foundation and Sasakawa Foundation. As part of British Council’s Amplify programme she gave a workshop-performance at Mutek Argentina. In 2018 she was recipient of Sound and Music’s Composer-Curator fund and is a resident at Somerset House Studios.

In the day time (mostly), Joanne is interested in the relationship between digital technologies and our everyday lives. Her work covers areas such as physical computing, digital methods, sensory data and critical computing. As a researcher at Cambridge University, she is part of the Citizen Sense project investigating environmental sensing technologies and citizen engagement. She also lectures in digital media at the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds. In 2017 she was awarded the British Science Association’s Daphne Oram award for digital innovation.

Outside of academia she regularly leads community workshops in physical computing, live coding and experimental music making. This includes the hackathon and workshop series ‘Automation and Me’ as part of Leeds International Festival 2019, facilitating activities for artists, academics, technologists and publics to explore issues around algorithms and bodies.

We can offer a student discount of 10% off this workshop. Please email us for a discount code (workshops@musichackspace.org).

The venue is located on the ground floor of Somerset House and is fully wheelchair accessible with an accessible toilet. If you have any other access requirements, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them.

If you have any questions about this event or any of our workshops please contact workshops@musichackspace.org.


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