My articles/posts Latest articles Sun, 11 Apr 2021 23:03:46 +0200 <![CDATA[on-the-fly cantina]]> The on-the-fly research group invites everybody interested in live coding to participate in a series of monthly casual video chats. Each session will be hosted by one or more members of the community and will be based around a different question. Rather than focusing on tools and specific programming languages,  these meetups will provide a space to discuss aesthetics, meta levels and how we relate to live coding - both as artists and as audience.
The first meeting will be on April 12th with the theme “Now that we have gathered - what should we discuss?”. This will be an opportunity for everybody to meet and share interests, concerns and areas of interest for future discussion. On May 10th we have scheduled: “How alive is a livestreamed Algorave?” -  a topic very relevant to our current situation and one that considers the practice of televised live coding in general.
So come join us on the 2nd Monday of each month starting this April and share your ideas and questions on everything you always wanted to know about live coding (but were afraid to ask).
At 8PM CEST follow this link :
We follow the code of conduct of the live coding community that can be found at the end of this page.
We are looking forward to chatting with all of you soon!
Anne, Dare, Iván, Luka and Patrick
(the on-the-fly research group)
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<![CDATA[Algorave]]> On March 26th at 6 pm, Hangar hosts an Algorave, a visual and sound algorithmic festive event co-organized by Sónar Festival and On-the-Fly — a European project led by Hangar — within the framework of VIU festival.

The Algorave, a term originally coined in 2012 by Alex McLean and Nick Collins, is generally executed through live coding, writing and modifying algorithms in real time with the computer as the physical interface. Its practice has spread to include, for example, patch modifications or interactions between electronic devices and code. Influenced by the hacker philosophy, in particular by the “open source” concept, the audience’s attention is divided between the music and the code that is displayed and that allows the programming process to be observed. This is why, in essence, an Algorave has a strong improvisational component, is alive and likes to take risks and explore limits.

The session will be on site and streamed.

The performers that will play in the framework of this co-production are:

Alexandra Cárdenas

Alexandra Cardenas’ work focuses on the algorithmic behavior of music and the exploration of musicality within code. She is a core member of the international live coding and algorave community and performs worldwide using the live coding platforms SuperCollider and TidalCycles. Alexandra studied composition at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and later completed a Sound Studies Master’s Degree at Universität der Künste, Berlin, where she has lived since 2013.

Alicia Champlin

Is an American intermedia artist and researcher from Maine, based in Barcelona since 2017. She works primarily with generative systems and sound, using installation and performance to explore aspects of agency and embodiment, with past exhibitions in Austria, Norway, the United States and Spain. Frequencies, resonance and feedback – especially biofeedback – are favorite tools. Champlin also plays the bow chime, sometimes with EEG augmentation. Relatively new to live coding, she is experimenting with the intention of playing in the space between indeterminacy and predictability.


Hailing from the valley of Caracas, Venezuela, Chigüire is the nom de guerre of Jesús Plasencia, a multimedia artist interested in the dialogue between humans and machines. Although they have spent much time using computers as a crude tool to earn money to survive, he found a calling in live coding and computer art in general. Despite being one of the newest participants of TOPLAP Barcelona, they quickly found a home there, and a place to grow in the art of making computers draw and sing, with the hopes of someday getting them to tell us their secrets.


QBRNTHSS (pronounced “quebrantahuesos”, meaning “bearded vulture” in Spanish) is the alias that Ramon Casamajó, musician and computer scientist, uses for his solo works focused on electronics and live coding. As QBRNTHSS he released a split LP (Harry Dean Stanton, Call It Anything Records 2019), and is actively involved in the TOPLAP Barcelona collective. He has participated in online events hosted by the international TOPLAP community. He is part of Turing Tarpit, a duet with whom he has released several works and played regularly in Barcelona’s experimental underground circuit. He also runs the micro record label Call It Anything Records.


Linalab is a multiple singularity. It’s a whole and a unity, a solitary sound, and a note. A frequency that remains in time to become more complex, to become entangled, to become noise; melody, song and then silence. Linalab does not only exist on stage. Besides playing at numerous events and festivals, she also understands music as an ongoing process of investigation. She is a producer for the Synth Vicious record label; plays an active role with TOPLAP Barcelona and creates electronic sound devices with Familiar DIY.

Toni J

Toni Jaume is a digital artist, developer and creative programmer interested in generative processes, with a special interest in computer graphics. His research processes about metalanguages and new paradigms are the common thread that is reflected in his interactive pieces and installations that often focus on the language of videogames as a way to consolidate an understandable discourse between the observer and the concept. Through live coding, he explores new ways to elevate creativity to an exponent of constant creation in which improvisation derives generative graphics in a constantly changing world that draws on the concepts of fractality.


Also known as Citlali Hernandez, her work investigates the implications of the body and the use of new technologies in the arts. She has presented some of her projects in various spaces and festivals such as: CCEMx (Cd.Mx), CMMAS (Morelia), GAM Cultural Center (Santiago de Chile), L’Estruch Cultural Center (Sabadell), SALA OFF (Valencia), JustMAD Contemporary Art Fair 15 and 17 (Madrid), ECOSS Festivals 18 and 19 (Barcelona).

She is currently involved in university teaching, is a resident artist at Hangar, the open center for research and artistic production, and holds a doctorate from the University of Vic and BAU, University Design Center of Barcelona. She is also an active member of the Live Coding collective TOPLAP_Barcelona.

The Algorave will follow its community-sourced guidelines.


Practical information
Date: March 26th
Time: 18 h
Venue: Sala Ricson, Hangar. c/ Emília Coranty, 16.
The event is fully booked. You can join the waiting list in this form.

Algorave will be broadcasted live on


The event is part of the European project On-the-fly funded by the Creative Europe Program.


Co-organized by:

Toplap Barcelona, Hangar, On-the-Fly, Sónar Festival

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<![CDATA[VIU - Live coding Festival]]>

Live Coding meeting organized in HANGAR by Toplap Barcelona. It will take place from March 24 to 27, 2021 in Barcelona (

This meeting is an invitation to learn about this practice, participate and exchange experiences with the community of Barcelona.

For all activities, prior registration is required. You can register here.


Wednesday 24, 18h

Presentation concert of “Down the Rabbit Hole” the first live coding compilation album by members of Toplap Barcelona community, edited by Call It Anything Records.
With Iván Paz, Chigüire, Linalab, QBRNTHSS, Alfonsofonso, Eloi el Bon Noi, Niklas Reppel, Alicia Champlin, Gabriel Millán, Glen Fraser, Roger Pibernat.

Thursday 25, 12h
Workshop introduction to live coding by Alexandra Cárdenas and Lina Bautista.
An introduction to the Tidal Cycles programming language, held at the University of Barcelona in collaboration with the Sound Art Master Degree.

“From scratch” session.
Monthly session where each participant has nine minutes to write a small piece starting from a blank screen. 

Friday 26, 18h

ALGORAVE. Algoraves are events where music generated with algorithms is danced, including the practice of live coding, as well as other approaches to control and perform generative music.
This time with Toni J., Turbulente, QBRNTHSS, Linalab, Chigüire,  Alexandra Cárdenas, Alicia Champlin.


Saturday 27, 12h

How to make people dance?
A meeting of Toplap Barcelona community to talk about performative techniques in Algorave performances. 
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<![CDATA[on-the-fly research group]]> Live coding is the creation of real-time compositions by writing source code. As can be seen by the performance setup, the live coding practice highlights the role of the composer-programmer in today's world. 
Live coding activities have many layers and composer-programmers  have spent extensive hours designing, understanding, or extending numerous languages or libraries before performing. In addition, reflecting on live coding nature and possibilities contextualizes and restricts the possible paths to follow. This is an essential process as the possibilities would otherwise be infinte. 
For these reasons, the "on-the-fly" project has both a space for performances and  a space for research. In the research space we can discuss, explore, identify, reflect on and imagine creative directions in the live coding practice.
The members of the group are Anne  Veinberg (Creative Coding Utrecht), Patrick Borgeat (Karlsruhe University of Music, IMWI), Luka Frelih, Dare Pejić (Ljudmila Laboratory) and Iván Paz (Hangar).
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<![CDATA[On-the-Fly Open Call Results]]> On-the-fly selection committee, formed by Lluís Nacenta (Hangar), Lina Bautista (On-the-fly Art co-director), Fabian Van Sluijs (Creative Coding Utrecht), Dare Dare Pejić and Luka Frelih (Ljudmila), Yannick Hofmann and Ludger Brümmer (ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe),  has decided, among the 114 applications received, to award the grant to:

- Jack Armitage (Hangar)

- Shelly Knotts (Hangar)

- Malitzin Cortes & Ivan Abreu (ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe)

- Gaia Leandra  (ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe)

- Branimir Štivić (Creative Coding Utrecht)

- The Twin Stranger (Creative Coding Utrecht)

- Bruno Gola (Ljudmila)

- Anna Carreras (Ljudmila)

We sincerely thank all participants and wish all the best to the awarded artists!

With the support of:

Ph: Paula Leinard

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