Alex McLean
10 February 2018

Alex McLean is an interdisciplinary artist, musician and researcher, with interests surrounding computer programming as a cultural activity, particularly Live Coding, where computer languages are used as creative, live interfaces for interacting with the world. Alex completed his PhD in Goldsmiths, University of London in 2011, with thesis “Artist-Programmers and Programming Languages for the Arts”, leading to a research fellowship in the School of Music, University of Leeds. He now works as a researcher on the ERC PENELOPE project, applying live coding to investigate weaving as a technical mode of existence, based in the Research Institute of the Deutsches Museum, Munich. He lives in Sheffield UK, with his family of people and cats.
Alex has enjoyed being an active member of electronic art communities for 18 years, co-founding the runme software art repository, the dorkbot meetings in London and Sheffield, the TOPLAP live coding and Algorave algorithmic dance music movements, international conferences on live coding and live interfaces, and the AlgoMech festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement. He also instigated TidalCycles, a livecoding environment for exploring musical pattern. He has performed with his software widely around the world, including Sonic Acts, Transmediale, Ars Electronica, STRP, Sonar, Bluedot, Deershed, No Bounds and Greenman festivals.
Alex especially enjoys performing as part of many collaborations including Slub, Canute, aalleexx, xynaaxmue, Class Compliant Audio Interfaces, and sound choreography <> body code. He performs solo as Yaxu, currently working on his slightly overdue solo album Spicule, released real soon now on the Computer Club label.