Electronic Crossovers
Live Coding as a Way of Expression
Selçuk Artut, Alp Tuğan


25 October 2019 / 18:30 Past Activity

Pera Museum’s talk and performance series Electronic Crossovers invites you to explore the fields that interact with electronic music!

A fruit of collaboration with Istanbul-based musical collective ÆVOM, “Electronic Crossovers” looks at a range of fields and disciplines that feed on and interact with electronic music, technology, literature, cinema, environment, psychology, sociology, computer games, politics, urban transformation, nature and philosophy to name a few. The October event of the series features a presentation and a live performance of live coding by RAW (Selçuk Artut, Alp Tuğan).

The plethora of roads to creativity ushered in by fast-paced technology may bring about the need to revamp the conceptual and functional definition of a musician. Sound, the basic building block of music from a morphological perspective, can easily change form via technology.

Today’s musicians compose sounds using readily available products of technology. They look for more only if they deem the available possibilities insufficient. Live coding has gained ground with recent initiatives on algorithmic music production and computer programming being mainstreamed. This new practice offers musicians a chance to develop custom programs to suit their needs and instantly modify functions, which offers a musician two roles: a user and a producer of technology. The musician is able to identify an instrument, approaching it as a new concept and expanding it with new technical developments.

This presentation will look at how to integrate live coding techniques and tools into a musician’s creative process and the room for authentic creativity with theoretical and practical insights.

18:30     Talk
20:00     Performance

The event will take place at the Pera Museum Auditorium. Free admission; drop in. The talk will be in Turkish.

RAW is an audio visual duo set about for an authentic expression of creativity. Band members, Selçuk Artut (Replikas) and Alp Tuğan, transform raw sounds and visuals into live performances via live coding.

Selçuk Artut lives in Istanbul. He devotes most of his time to philosophizing on human-technology relations. Author of four books, Selçuk’s artistic activities predominantly focus on contemporary art practices based on technological embodiments. His works have been exhibited at ICA London, Istanbul Biennial, Moving Image NY, and Art Hong Kong. Artut holds a bachelor degree from Koç University and an MA diploma from London Middlesex University, Sonic Arts Program. He made a PhD on the Philosophy of Media Communications in Switzerland. Artut is a member of Replikas, an Istanbul-based post-rock avant-garde music band.

Alp Tuğan is an interaction and sound designer living in Istanbul. Tugan earned an MA degree from the Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design Program at Sabancı University. Since 2011 Tugan is one of the founding partners, along with Selçuk ARTUT, of Filika Interactive that aims to develop an Interactive System of software and hardware elements. Tuğan also teaches Interaction Design at Özyeğin University.

What is ÆVOM?
ÆVOM is an İstanbul based, borderless and independent collective organizing arts, culture and music events in different venues.