What is Algorave?
12-28, 17:30–18:30 (Europe/Berlin), ChaosZone TV
Language: English

In this talk, we will discover what an Algorave is, its origins, the community behind it, and our ideas of where this movement might be going. You will gain insight into the live coding community and its most beloved party. How to make people dance with algorithms? How to create algorithmic and generative dance music live? How is this practice opening new spaces to create music and visuals? Algorave is an inclusive, diverse, self-organized community that thrives in creating safe spaces worldwide and has grown together on the Internet.


Algoraves focus on humans making and dancing to music. Algorave musicians don’t pretend their software is being creative; they take responsibility for the music they make, shaping it using whatever means they have. Algoraves embrace the alien sounds of raves from the past and introduce futuristic rhythms and beats made through strange, algorithm-aided processes. It’s up to the good people on the dancefloor to help the musicians make sense of this and do the actual creative work in creating a great party.

There will also be an AlgoVR concert session later that day.

See also:

Dr. Michael Straeubig (@crcdng) is a transdisciplinary theorist and practitioner with a focus on systems theory, ai / vr / stuff, and posthuman positions. It likes to play.

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 algorave community and performs worldwide using the live coding platforms SuperCollider and TidalCycles. Alexandra studied composition at the University of the Andes in Bogota, Colombia, and later completed a Sound Studies Master’s Degree at the University of the Arts in Berlin.