The “scene” here in Birmingham, UK, is pretty alright at the moment. I say “scene” because I come from the contemporary art scene, not necessarily the music scene. For sure, there is crossover but there’s different expectations from both artists and venue/gallery owners. That also means there’s probably a lot going on that I don’t know about.
When the Network Music Festival happened in 2014/2015(?) there were a couple of Algoraves. I’m going to make a dangerous guess and say that since then I’ve organised every Algorave that’s happened (2016, 2017, 2018). This isn’t necessarily a good thing. I’d rather there be a community of people self-organising instead of just one person. I do/did have the benefit of working at a digital arts gallery so I had access to space, but even then I/we didn’t want to be known as the “Algorave gallery” hence why we did them infrequently (even 2017’s was organised in collaboration with Supersonic festival and held offsite).
I did invite Lucy Cheesman to do a Tidal workshop before the last Algorave and it was really popular. We had a waitlist of about 10. So, there is definite interest in this but in my experience it’s a teacher/student relationship, not yet a community of people sharing. I’m considering starting up some more workshops with the aim not to always lead them but to have a sharing session.
One thing I have noticed recently is people diluting the term Algorave and using it as a stand in for “general” electronic music. I’ve seen a few DJ/VJ nights promote themselves as Algoraves when it’s just them doing their normal thing in Albleton Live (not that it doesn’t sound great, it’s just not live coding). I saw this happen with glitch art (VJ nights with the saturation on visuals turned up or multiplied by -1) and Bring Your Own Beamer (VJ night with two projectors) and so I’m a bit concerned that Algorave will be appropriated and diluted before a local community has had the chance to form.
Part of me wants to call them out but at the same time who am I to assert myself as an authority on what an Algorave is (yes I know I just did that one paragraph ago).
There is BEAST at University of Birmingham. They have a great sound system and links to the electroacoustic world (shout out to SOUNDkitchen!) but since Network Music Festival ended there hasn’t been much overlap in the communities. Or maybe there has and I’m just not part of those discussions.