CFP: Hybrid Live Coding Interfaces

Hybrid Live Coding Interfaces: performance and craft

Call for proposals !

Key facts:

  • Venue: New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) 2020, 21-25 July, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, United Kingdom (hosted virtually).
  • Format: Research workshop with short ‘lightning’ presentations followed by moderated discussion.
  • Time and place: Online, three hour workshop, 21st July 2020 BST. (hours to be decided in response to participant survey).
  • Proposal deadline: 24th May 2020 AoE.
  • Participation fee: Free for all participants and presenters.
  • Outcome: Exchange and generation of ideas, new contacts and potential new collaborations.
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The live coding field has grown over the past 20 years from a community of artists and researchers interested in “changing rules while they are followed” – that is, the creative practice of using a computer programming language as a live interface, mainly in the performing arts. This field has since grown into the international “TOPLAP” community, with dozens of local nodes and offshoots such as Algorave algorithmic dance music events, with events taking place in over a hundred cities with growing media interest.

Live coders have worked collectively to make their technology and culture accessible, with almost all systems shared as free/open source software, and attempts to instill inclusivity, diversity and safety across organisations and lineups. On this foundation, current research in the field is increasingly looking outward, beyond now well-established practices such as algorave, livecode network music and slow coding. This includes new interfaces based on old practices including the Stenophone made from a court transcription device, a live-codable loom based on ancient weaving technology, and experiments in punk genres such as riot grrrl remixed with live codeable machine listening tools.

This workshop aims to bring together current thinking on how live coding techniques can be combined with other algorithmic practices , and augmented and hybridised with gestural and physical interfaces. A feature of this research is humility , as researchers realise that relatively young computer science innovations have everything to learn from physical interface designs, which have developed through practice over hundreds and perhaps thousands of years. This online workshop explores these themes through discussion and exploration of interfaces and practices.

This is a call for proposals for short demos, talks and other interventions exploring hybrid live coding interfaces in performance and craft. Proposals could present:

  • Examples of algorithmic practices from ancient history.
  • Recent outcomes of research and/or practice.
  • Speculative design fictions about not yet invented or impossible live coding interfaces.
  • Examples of craft culture informed community building and events relevant to live coding.
  • Remediations of traditional craft tools, materials and processes.
  • Craft practice inspired algorithmic pattern interfaces and novel computational media.
  • Tactile, tangible, gestural and bodily interfaces that write, run and edit live programs.
  • Augmented, hybridised and AI-based live coding systems.
  • Deconstructions and recompositions of 20th century computer interfaces.


Deadline 24th May 2020
Notification of acceptance will follow three weeks after the deadline.

Submissions form:

We recognise that many are very short on time and energy during lockdown conditions. We have therefore made the submission process as light as possible. Armed with an idea, it should only take you 5-10 minutes to write and submit a proposal.

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Proposal deadline today! The deadline is 24th May “anywhere on earth” (e.g. midday 25th May GMT). If you need a little extra time, please get in touch explaining why