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Making Music with Live Coding

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July 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Take a deep dive as we ebb and flow through creating abstract rhythms, melodies, and musical compositions through procedural sequencing – in one of the most innovative coding languages ever created, ORCA.

In this powerful, esoteric, abstract, limitless, real-time live coding environment, we control audio software and instruments to manifest our sonic landscapes, and explore. Simple enough for anyone to dive in. Deep enough to satisfy any level of creative exploration, and obsession.

“Orca is an esoteric programming language, designed to create procedural sequencers in which each letter of the alphabet is an operation, where lowercase letters operate on bang, uppercase letters operate each frame.

The application is not a synthesizer, but a flexible livecoding environment capable of sending MIDI, OSC & UDP to your audio interface, like Ableton, Renoise, VCV Rack or SuperCollider.” – Hundredrabbits

Instructor’s Bio

Ashford Sabastien Callender is an Ottawa based digital audio/visual artist exploring experimental audio and video.

Inspired by psychedelic futurism, he has worked within creative mediums such as web, film, and video, creating thoughtful, immersive, cross-cultural experiences.

Glitchy code, whirls and swirls in teal against a black background.

Course Outline

  • Session 1: Tuesday July 27th, 6pm-8pm
  • Session 2: Tuesday August 3rd, 6pm-8pm
  • Session 3: Tuesday August 10th, 6pm-8pm


Zoom Account (register for the free account here).

Link for the virtual classroom will be sent to participants on the day prior to the workshop.

Participants should download the software prior to the workshop.

PWYC Pricing

This workshop is PWYC by donation (with a minimum donation of $30 to register). Fees for this workshop can be waived if access to funds is a barrier to participation, email access@digitalartsresourcecentre.ca. and we will register you to the workshop.

Cancellation Policy

DARC is unable to provide course attendee refunds for cancellations. DARC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses if necessary.