Alex McLean is an interdisciplinary researcher working across live coding, pattern in textiles and music, live interfaces for performance, software art, performance art, creative education and digital culture
He co-leads the AHRC Live Coding Research Network, and is principal investigator of the AHRC Weaving Codes, Coding Weaves project, both exercising his interest in unravelling of technology and exposing of code as a linguistic, culturally meaningful medium. He completed his thesis “Artist-Programmers and Programming Languages for the Arts” at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2011, and is now Research Fellow in Human/Technology Interface and Deputy Director of ICSRiM, School of Music, University of Leeds.
Alex is active across the digital arts, including chairing the International Conference on Live Interfaces in 2012, organising over 80 “dorkbot” electronic art events, co-founding the TOPLAP live coding organisation, the Algorave movement, and Chordpunch algorithmic recordlabel. Alex has performed widely at major venues over the past 14years, as part of many collaborations including the live coding band Slub (http://slub.org) and with live choreographer Kate Sicchio (http://sicchio.com). He currently holds a Composer-Curatorship with the Sound and Music new music agency, and is working on the Oxford Handbook on Algorithmic Music with Prof Roger Dean.
Read Alex’s experiences on the lab here.