After last year’s edition taking place at Concerthall Bijloke, amongst other locations, where attention and focus was drawn towards the visually intriguing virtual synthesizer ReacTable (developed at the MTG Institute of Technology, Barcelona), the second edition of the ResonanceGhent Festival goes further on the paved path, combining and showcasing innovative electronic artists & collectives - both national as international, specializing in the auditive, as visual characteristics of electronic art.
At the research gallery Espace Ladda an open 3-day symposium is held, curated by Freesound founder Bram de Jong, bringing the most talented in the audio-visual area of ‘live coding‘. Also known as ‘on-the-fly programming’ or ‘interactive programming’, the name ‘live coding’ is given to the creative process of writing - and visualizing - software in real-time as part of the performance. Until recently a musician/composer rarely had the capability of altering software code in real-time, which is somewhat erased by the rise of coding programs such as ChucK and SuperCollider.
With roots in UK electronica and technologic culture the British duo Slub (Dave Griffiths & Alex McLean) build their own virtual environments in real-time through the self-developed Fluxus software. They’re joined by Gabor Papp, co-founder of the Hungarian live coding collective No Copy Paste, and renowned scientific examiner Graham Coleman (MTG Institute of Barcelona) . From The Netherlands Fokke de Jong and Jan-Kees Van Kampen, founders of the programming language PulseCode, will create live audio through complex coding via SuperCollider and other assorted ‘instruments’, as Finnish artist Antti Jadertpolm, otherwise known as FTHRproductions, creating digital eye-candy in real-time through the use of Photoshop.
Last-minute confirmation : based in London, UK, Pixelpusher “generates video out of a controlled chaos of photographic images, simple shapes, animations, sounds, and live video feeds. All software is homemade, all imagery are created live; things may go wrong in beautiful ways, and no performance is ever the same…”
“Real DJs code live” - WIRED article on live coding