Music improvisation on the programme at British Science Festival

School of Music researcher Dr Alex McLean has been chosen by the British Science Association to give the inaugural Daphne Oram Award Lecture at this year’s British Science Festival.

The new Award Lecture is intended to present to a lay audience the most innovative research using digital technology connecting science and the arts.

Alex, whose research interests include live coding and music improvisation, will give a lecture entitled  ‘Live coding: creating languages for making music’.  He will explore how algorithms are changing the way we experience the world and the potential for new collaborative ways to make music.  He will demonstrate how you can use live coding to create music and visuals, with live demos and videos of 'algoraves'.

Alex will be speaking on the opening day – 7 September, 11am-12pm - of the British Science Festival at the University of Bradford.  Booking for the Festival will open soon.

Ivvet Modinou, Head of Engagement at the British Science Association, said: “The standard of the Award Lecture nominations we received this year was incredibly high.  It is extremely encouraging to see and hear about so much fantastic science happening across the UK, and I’m thrilled that we will be offering these early-career researchers an opportunity to tell the British Science Festival audience about their work this September.

“I’m so pleased that this year we are launching two new Award Lectures at the Festival in Bradford – it seems a perfect setting to celebrate the digital innovation and links between science and the arts in a city that has such a rich scientific and cultural heritage."

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