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Discussion

From artist to engineer and back again: coding as artistry

In the early days of trying to make art with computers, it was a given that the engineer and the artist were different people who would have to collaborate.

To a new generation of artists today, learning code is as intrinsic a part of performance practice as learning instrumentalism, notation, or orchestration.

In this discussion, meet a diverse group of artists who express their musical imaginations in code and musicianship all at once. How do they tackle technical obstacles? How do they choose when to introduce order and stability—and when is engineering instead a route to unpredictability and chaos?

Looking at the projects they develop, we can learn something new about how they conceive music and visual performance. In hardware hacks, invented sound systems, in electronics and Web browsers and visuals, they're creating previously impossible, or even unimaginable ways of expressing themselves.