See also: Rave and Live coding
General Information
Related genres Electronic music, computer music, generative music, electronic dance music, techno
Location Worldwide
Related events Music festival, rave, electronic dance music festivals, circuit party
Related topics Live electronic music, VJ, livecoding

An Algorave is an event where people dance to music generated from algorithms, often using live coding techniques, and short for "algorithmic rave."[1] Alex McLean of Slub and Nick Collins coined the word "algorave", with the first event to be held under that name taking place in 2012.[2] It has since become a movement, with algoraves taking place around the world.[3]


An algorave is an event where people dance to music generated from algorithms, often using live coding techniques.[1] Algoraves can include a range of styles, including a complex form of minimal techno, and has been described as a meeting point of hacker philosophy, geek culture, and clubbing.[4]

Algorave logo (a spirangle).

Although live coding is commonplace,[5] any algorithmic music is welcome which is "wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive conditionals",[6] which is a corruption of the definition of rave music[7] in the UK's Criminal Justice Act. Although algorave musicians have been compared with DJs,[8] they are in fact live musicians or improvisers, creating music live, usually by writing or modifying code, rather than mixing recorded music.[9]

At an algorave the computer musician may not be the main point of focus for the audience and instead attention may be centered on a screen that displays live coding, that is the process of writing source code, so the audience can not just dance or listen to the music generated by the source code but also to see the process of programming.


The first self-proclaimed "algorave" was held in London as a warmup concert for the SuperCollider Symposium 2012.[10][11] However the name was first coined in 2011, after live coders Nick Collins and Alex McLean tuned into a happy hardcore pirate radio station on the way to a performance in the UK.[4] Since then, Algorave has been growing into an international movement, with algoraves having been held mainly in Europe and Asia;[12] and few events in Australia[13] and North America.[14][15][16][17]


Algorave can also be considered an international music movement with a community of electronic musicians, visual artists and developing technologies. See the Algorave category page.


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