I’d like to start hosting a variety of meetups, workshops and events related to live coding in TAMI. For those of you who don’t know what live coding is, it’s a form of music performance which uses computer programming to create music and modify sounds in real time. I mainly use a software called Sonic Pi to do this, which uses the Ruby programming language.
I’m new in the community and was strongly encouraged by some of you to follow the “just do it” philosophy (which I think is great!) so I’m just going to go ahead and write some of the things I have in mind. Looking forward to hearing your feedback, questions, suggestions, etc…
Meetups: For me, meetups are a dedicated time every week (2-3h) where anyone interested in live coding can come, learn and share their work if they want. I would commit to be there every week and help anyone getting started and answer questions people might have. I don’t think of meetups as events per say, people can come with their laptop, plug in headphones and start working. There’s no participation commitment but I think the important thing is consistency. It would be great to have a dedicated time each week when people know that if they want to come and live code, someone is there able to help and answer questions.
Workshops: I also give proper live coding workshops, where people come to learn and where I do my best to give as much information as I can. There’s different kinds of workshops possible: I can do beginner workshops for people with no programming experience to advance where we explore a specific aspect of live coding more in depth. I can also do workshops geared towards teenagers, since Sonic Pi is used across Europe as an educational tool for helping teens develop their creativity while learning to code. It all depends in what the community and people in general are interested in. To start, I’m thinking of scheduling an “Introduction to Live Coding” workshop somewhere in Feb. Usually, workshops happen once a week over the course of 4 to 6 weeks but it’s also possible to do one-time introduction workshops to grow interest and help people get started. That’s what I’m thinking to do in Feb to get started.
Events: Performances involving live coding, both on the sound and visual level. There’s an online event which I’m going to be a part of happening somewhere between March 20-22 (still waiting to know which time slot will be given to me). It could be really fun to stream from TAMI if the place is available and turn it into a small party. Here’s the link if anyone is curious: https://1riss.github.io/eulerroom-equinox-2020/
There’s load of possibilities to explore. Also, there’s cool projects to do by combining live code with hardware, it’s possible to work with Arduinos for example and create synths that communicate with the code… anyway, just saying that it doesn’t have to be exclusively focused on code
So following the doOcracy, I’m planning to start the meetups next Wednesday, from 7pm to 9pm (unless anyone wants to suggest a better time?). I know it’s short notice but like I said, personally I just want to start and establish some kind of consistency, if people come then great and if no one comes I get practice time which is good for me anyway If everyone is ok with that time of the week, I’d love to add the meetups time in the calendar (or maybe someone can help me with that?).
For an “Introduction To Live Coding” workshops, what about Sunday February 2nd from 6pm to 8pm? Again, I’m not familiar with the calendar yet, not sure if something is already planned that day… Sorry for being such a newbie
Few questions and concerns
$$$: I read a lot on the forum and talked to some of you about the financial struggle that TAMI is in and I really want to help and contribute what I can. For the meetups, I was thinking it could be on a donation basis (people come and give what they want in exchange of receiving help and support) but I think the workshops should have a fixed fee. I’d like to suggest that all the money made (in meetups, workshops, performances…) is split half/half after covering my travelling expenses (since I’m coming from Haifa…). Does that sound ok for everyone?
Marketing: For sure I’m going to do as much marketing as I can for the meetups and any workshops or event I organize but live coding is still kind of unknown here so it might take some time before really building a crowd for this. Any support that people from TAMI can give on social media to help spread the word would be super appreciated…
I’m super excited about all this and so happy I found you guys I know this post is long but hope you like some of the plans and ideas I talked about. I’m coming with lots of energy and motivation to get involved and do cool things
I’d love to get some feedback if anyone has comments, questions, suggestions, etc…