Welcome Message

Welcome everybody!

I am happy and honored to be opening the first live coding music conference at IMPA. On behalf of the organizing committee, I thank our main sponsors, the two federal funding agencies -- CAPES and CNPQ-- and the funding agency of the state of Rio de Janeiro -- FAPERJ. In addition, thank you to IMPA for all the support in making this conference happen.

I would like to personally thank professors Luiz Velho and Luiz Henrique Figueiredo for helping me organize this conference. Special gratitude to the department of events here at IMPA, and to all members of the VISGRAF Lab. Thank you also to professor Marcelo Viana for being here today.

In this year, we are having a summer of live coding in IMPA. In January, we had a mini-course of audio programming with chuck language. Today, we start a new style of live coding conference focused on the learning process. On February 7th, right after the conference, we will have a workshop about Chunity. Finally, to close the summer, we will have a seminar about algorithm composition on February 22nd.

Live coding is a new type of artistic performance strongly tied to mathematics and computer science. In such a performance, the musician programs audio and music in real-time. Usually, the code is projected for the audience to see, offering insights into the performance. For this reason, the act of live coding has a pedagogical appeal of learning.

Our conference is focused on this learning process. Each invited speaker will have time to explain their musical piece during a morning talk, and then perform their piece in the afternoon. This approach was designed to favor the synesthesia of hearing and reading a piece of live coded music. Our goal is to give the audience the tools to understand the sound created by the algorithms written during the performances.

Seven plenary speakers and four short presentation speakers were invited. Among them are computer scientists, physicists, designers, and mathematicians; all of whom are musicians. We will have the opportunity to see both music coded live, and the code of visual performances interacting with music.

I believe this conference perfectly manifests what VISGRAF is and does as a laboratory of IMPA. Besides strong publications, we apply math, we like computers, and we like programming them. We also like art, especially computer graphics arts, like fractals and tilings. Finally, we love music and the math behind it!

This conference is the intersection of all the things that we like to do in our laboratory.

You are all welcome to be part of it. I hope you enjoy your time here in IMPA during the next days!

Vitor Guerra Rolla
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