Thursday, 6 August 2015

Livecoding crash-course workshop, Superbyte 2015

This year's Superbyte Festival is shaping up to be a busy one for me - as well as vjing the main stage on the second day, I'll also be running a livecoding crash-course for beginners beforehand too. I've been asked a bunch of stuff about it already, so here's all the practical info in one place:


The workshop will be held on Saturday 12th September, at Sandbar (M1 7HL). There are a whole load of other workshops happening on this day too, definitely worth sticking around - I certainly will be doing. My workshop is at 12:45pm, ish. I think.

If you wanna attend, just turn up! No tickets or anything, and it's free.

You will need:
  • Laptop of some kind. Windows/OSX/Linux are all fine.
  • Google Chrome installed ideally.
  • Maybe bring some headphones if you want to make loads of noise and actually hear it over everybody else.
I'll be speaking a little bit about what livecoding is, what it entails, and why it's an Awesome Thing To Do. If there's time/interest I can demo my vjing workflow too, and try to explain how I cram livecoded visuals into GIFs and video and glitch and all sorts of other stuff. Then we'll dive straight into some practical hands-on learning, which is absolutely beginner friendly, I promise. If you've written any code before then great, if not then you should be able to pick a bunch of this up anyway.

Software-wise I'll be taking people on a quick tour of Livecodelab for visuals, mostly as a warm-up and to demonstrate how ludicrously easy and fun it is to make live visuals. We'll then move on to some Gibber work, making beats and bass and looking at piping the noise into more audio-reactive visuals. Both of these are browser-based, which I've chosen on purpose so there's minimal setup and faff on the day.

I'll also be handing out written-up notes on what we cover, plus a ton of links to resources and software and inspiration to take away too.

If this sounds like good nerdy fun, come join, and please do spread the word. See you down there!

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