Shelly Knotts

Shelly Knotts is a musician, improviser and programmer based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. 

Knotts uses a variety of experimental and collaborative techniques to create experimental electronic music, jazz, noise and algorave. She has performed internationally at algoraves – experimental dance music events where music and visuals are created using live coding techniques.

Shelly is a founding member of the networked computer music group Birmingham Laptop Ensemble, and Orchestra For Females And Laptops (OFFAL) – a group of women exploring long-distance collaboration methods. In 2017 she won an Oram Award for innovation in sound and music, presented by the PRS Foundation and The New BBC Radiophonic Workshop. 

As part of her post-doctoral research at the University of Durham, she is currently working on the Musically Intelligent Machines Interacting Creatively project, researching and creating tools for music-makers using machine learning.

At Loop, Shelly will take part in a Discussion on the role AI and machine learning could take in the music-making process, and what this might mean for the future of music production. Shelly will also perform a collaborative algorave set at the Loop Klubnacht in Tresor club on Saturday, April 25.

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Jules LaPlace, LANDR, Leigh Smith, Shelly Knotts

Hearing the Human: Machine Learning in Music Production