AlgoMech Festival

When? November 9th - 12th

AlgoMech festival is Sheffield’s celebration of Algorithms and Mechanisms in the arts. Concerts, talks, workshops, installations, and an algorithmic rave - there’s plenty to look forward to across the city centre at this year’s event!

The headline act is 65daysofstatic, who are known for blending guitars, drum and technology, into huge songs. AlgoMech will host three premiere shows of their new audio/visual project ‘Decomposition Theory or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Demand the Future’. This work centres around algorithmic composition and procedural audio, pushing their sound further into uncertain territory, with every show being different.

Continuing the algorithmic theme, the festival will also feature an AlgoRave, a party where all the music is made with algorithms. It is live coded by human musicians, with all the code projected for your pleasure while it is being written. Informally coordinated from Sheffield, AlgoRave has spread into a worldwide movement, reaching 50 cities over the past five years. AlgoMech will be taking it to the next level with immersive algorithmic visuals, and handmade music-generating mechanical systems and robots mixed with the algorithms.

Another unmissable event is Sonic Pattern, a seated concert featuring musicians who get hands-on, building their own mechanisms to make other-worldy music, including hacked gramophones and accordions, pedal-power violins and other sonic machines. Leafcutter John will headline Sonic Pattern, with new mechanical work developed in residency during the festival.

Visit their website to check out the full programme of events.