Augmenting Live Coding with Evolved Patterns

Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-31008-4_3

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9596)
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Hickinbotham S., Stepney S. (2016) Augmenting Live Coding with Evolved Patterns. In: Johnson C., Ciesielski V., Correia J., Machado P. (eds) Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design. EvoMUSART 2016. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9596. Springer, Cham


We present a new system for integrating evolvutionary processes with live coding. The system is built upon an existing platform called Extramuros, which facilitates network-based collaboration on live coding performances. Our evolutionary approach uses the Tidal live coding language within this platform. The system uses a grammar to parse code patterns and create random mutations that conform to the grammar, thus guaranteeing that the resulting pattern has the correct syntax. With these mutations available, we provide a facility to integrate them during a live performance. To achieve this, we added controls to the Extramuros web client that allows coders to select patterns for submission to the Tidal interpreter. The fitness of the pattern is updated implicitly by the way the coder uses the patterns. In this way, appropriate patterns are continuously generated and selected for throughout a performance. We present examples of performances, and discuss the utility of this approach in live coding music.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.YCCSAUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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