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18.05.19 @ 10:30-14:30

Workshop: Live coding for beginners

Brought to you by AlgoMech

In this workshop we will cover everything you need to get up and running with TidalCycles (known as Tidal for short!) - a free/open source platform for live coding musical patterns, that is, making music with code on-the-fly. The workshop will be lead by leading live coder Lucy Cheesman (a.k.a. Heavy Lifting).

No prior programming or music making experience required 😊

Starting with the basics of installation and running the software, through to programming beats and manipulating samples, we’ll look at all the elements required for you to start putting together your own live coding sets from scratch.


You will need a laptop (mac, PC or linux all fine) and a pair of headphones to take part in this workshop. If you don’t have access to these things please contact Lucy at to arrange to borrow a set free of charge.

The most difficult part of learning Tidal is the installation! Please do your best to install before the workshop following the instructions online here. If you can’t install in advance don’t worry! We will be running an installation party before the workshop where we can troubleshoot any problems you are having.

Please note workshop timings are currently subject to change.

If you have any particular questions or access requirements please feel free to get in touch before the event.

AlgoMech is Sheffield's Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Arts, funded by Arts Council England, Arts and Humanities Research Council, European Research Council, Sheffield City of Ideas, and Sheffield Making Ways. For the latest information including timetable and tickets, please see

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18.05.19 @ 10:30-14:30
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This event was from the 2019 Digital Festival