Alex McLean is a live coder, software artist and researcher based in Sheffield, UK. In this performance he generates music with live code. “The current live coding movement is approaching its tenth birthday. It is still growing up, but by finding new subjective and collective experiences, and by growing an open and diverse culture around code, it could become significant yet.
In terms of the body, live coding of music is perhaps the most inert performance art invented. Live coders give everything to the digital world they inhabit: in order to achieve creative flow they focus entirely on the code and its effects. The result is stark: blank faces, eyes fixed on the screens, no movement except efficient tapping on keyboard.