Live Coding Sound with TidalCycles – On demand

Level: Beginner

Live coding is the act of manipulating algorithms in real time to change an ongoing artistic process, like music or visuals. In this workshop, we will begin with an introduction to live coding, highlighting various technologies and artists, before learning how to live code sound using TidalCycles. This workshop aims to provide an introduction to live coding to encourage others to incorporate live coding technologies and techniques into their practice.

Session Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session, a successful student will be able to:

  • Create a variety of patterns

  • Use functions to vary sequences

  • Add effects to manipulate and process sounds

  • Identify various technologies and practitioners of live coding

Session Study Topics

  • An introduction to various live coding technologies and artists:

    • Sonic Pi

    • TidalCycles

    • FoxDot

    • Hydra

  • How to create various patterns and sequences

  • Functions for varying sequences

  • How to add effects to sound


  • A computer and internet connection

  • A web cam and mic

  • A Zoom account

Software to download:

Note: To run TidalCycles on your machine, you will need to install software in addition to the applications/packages listed above. Follow these instructions to see how to do this on your machine.

To use an online version of TidalCycles (*no installation required):

Visit the Estuary Live Coding Server. Select ‘MiniTidal’ as your language of choice.

About the workshop leader 

Melody Loveless is an artist, creative technologist, and educator based in Brooklyn, NYC. Her work ranges from live coding performance, generative sound installations, multisensory performance, and more. She currently teaches at Hunter College and Harvestworks and is part of Cycling 74’s Max Certified Trainer Program.

Exploring gesture control with Gliss & Glover – On demand

Level: Beginner with some music software experience

Computers these days give us the power to create almost any sound imaginable, so now we have to question ourselves – how do we interact with our computers physically? In this workshop you will explore what it’s like to control those sounds and effects with your movement by learning about Glover – a mapping application for converting movement to MIDI or OSC.

Session Study Topics

  • Mapping movement to MIDI in Glover

  • Training postures in Gliss

  • Mapping from Glover to a DAW

  • Considering what “good” movements are to control sound 


  • Download the free Gliss app from the Apple app store: iOs only

  • Download free trial of Glover via

  • A DAW or a piece of hardware that can receive MIDI or OSC – Ableton Live recommended as Chagall will be most proficient at supporting you with that but others work too

  • A microphone routed into your computer if you’d like to experiment with manipulating your voice with Gliss

More info:

About the workshop leader

Chagall is an Amsterdam-based singer, producer and performer known for her use of the MiMU Gloves to control music & reactive visuals. With performances at South by Southwest, Ableton Loop, TEDx and many more Chagall is one of the most experienced users of the technology. She is also the UX designer for MiMU’s Glover & Gliss.