Alex McLean

Lecture, Workshop

Alex McLean is a musician, software artist and interdisciplinary researcher working across live coding, textiles, performance art, creative education and digital culture. Alex is active across the digital arts, including co-chairing the International Conference on Live Interfaces in 2012 and 2014, organising over 80 “dorkbot” electronic art events, co-founding the TOPLAP live coding organisation, the Algorave movement, Chordpunch algorithmic record label and software art repository. Alex has performed widely over the past 14 years, as part of many collaborations including the live coding band Slub (, drum and code duo Canute ( and work with live choreographer Kate Sicchio (

He co-leads the AHRC Live Coding Research Network, and is principal investigator of the AHRC Weaving Codes, Coding Weaves project, exercising his interest in unravelling of technology and exposing of code as a linguistic, culturally meaningful medium. He completed his PhD thesis “Artist-Programmers and Programming Languages for the Arts” at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2011, and is now Research Fellow in Human/Technology Interface and Deputy Director of ICSRiM, School of Music, University of Leeds. He currently holds a Composer-Curatorship with the Sound and Music new music agency, and is working on the Oxford Handbook on Algorithmic Music with Prof Roger Dean.