Network Music Festival

Sound without Borders // 15-18th July 2020

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Alo x digital selves

This is a networked, collaborative algorave performance in which two distinct styles of live coded music merge. digital selves uses live coded algorithms of computer synthesis and found sounds in the TidalCycles software to create improvised and glitchy computerised, crunchy sounds infused with melodic texture. In this improvised performance, digital selves’ rhythms are contrasted but complemented by Alo’s noisefunk beat: which derives its form from ancient tribal rhythm patterns and its sonic nature from evolutionary synthesis algorithms. Patterns are juxtaposed during performances to create long complex cycles and unpredictable syncopation while still maintaining a clearly discernible downbeat in order to undermine the dominance 4/4 time signature of electronic dance music.

digital selves and Alo began in person collaborations in London in the summer of 2019, but due to current circumstances, have shifted this collaboration towards a networked approach. Their work collages their stylistic influences, taking the listener to the transient edges of industrial, experimental and noisefunk.

Lizzie Wilson (digital selves) is an interdisciplinary artist and PhD candidate whose research interests include live computer music, musical artificial intelligence and human-machine collaboration. She has played at various algoraves in the UK and internationally and exhibited work at various locations such as the BBC and ARS Electronica festival.

Alo is a sound artist who has performed his live coded electronic music and generative computer graphics throughout the world. His aesthetically and geographically restless lifestyle has enabled him to traverse a diverse range of musical worlds including DJ-ing electronic dance music, live electronic jam sessions,electroacoustic composition, free improvisation and audiovisual performances. He has forged collaborations with a number of curious and innovative musicians, writers and visual artists along the way focussed on exploring links between technology, creativity and tradition.