Algorave Composer Alexandra Cárdenas Performed Live-Coding Concert at 42 Berlin

On Friday 18th November 2022, prospective students and guests of 42 Berlin entered the enchanting world of composer and programmer Alexandra Cárdenas, a live coding artist whose work focuses on the algorithmic behaviour of music. The concert took place at the 42 Berlin campus in Neukölln and contained a novel listening experience: Alexandra presented an hour-long, live coding performance in which concertgoers watched and heard how music is created through algorithms in real time.

“My advice for anyone interested in discovering live-coding is: don’t accept ‘no’ as an answer. You are not too old, or too ignorant, too brown, or too anything. Anyone can access this knowledge,” she continued, “as it is all nurtured by a big global community; don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Start with the basics and start enjoying all the things you can access online for free, such as academic papers, videos, codes you can copy and use yourself, etc. Find a live-coding community close to you, for example in Berlin we have Toplap.berlin (link: https://toplap.berlin/ ) You can visit us by getting in contact and we can guide you. Hopefully next year we will host more workshops and go deeper into different softwares. Don’t be afraid to ask, don’t be afraid to reach out and don’t listen to that inner critic.”

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