Live Coding Music with Maxwell Neely-Cohen

Join Narrative Arts Resident Alum Maxwell Neely-Cohen to learn how to sequence and generate music using the programming language Orca. Orca allows a unique approach to coding by building rhythms and melodies out of shifting alphanumeric characters. Reminiscent of John Conway’s Game of Life, video games like Dwarf Fortress, or old school ASCII art, Orca connects easily to almost any electronic instrument, allowing participants to explore new forms of performance.

Date: This one-time online workshop meets on Tuesday, January 18 from 7-9pm ET via Zoom.

Price: Free (Suggested $10 donation).

Audience: Open to all.

Materials: Access to a computer and WiFi.

Maxwell Neely-Cohen is a writer and technologist living in New York City. Since falling in love with live coding in 2018, he has been a member of the collective, performed at The International Conference for Live Coding, and featured in The Financial Times and The New York Times. He was most recently in residence at Pioneer Works, CultureHub, and ENGINE.

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This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Classes at Pioneer Works are made possible by Sandeman Port.