Phoenix is partnering with San Francisco software company Cycling ’74 to host Code Control, its second international festival for artists and musicians to explore software which can be used to create unique sounds, stunning visuals and interactive digital art.
Running from 22-24 March at Phoenix, Code Control is the only forum outside the US which brings together users of Cycling’ 74’s popular visual programming software ‘Max’. With its straightforward building-block approach to programming, Max – and related software MSP, Jitter and Max for Live – are all used widely by composers, performers, software designers and artists to create innovative recordings, performances and installations.
Alongside the festival, Phoenix and Cycling ’74 are announcing two initiatives to inspire new digital artists. The Code Catalyst Award fund will give three artists the opportunity to develop and exhibit new work at the festival; and provide forty bursary tickets for students to attend the festival for free.
International speakers at the event will include senior executives from Cycling ’74 including CEO and founder David Zicarelli, and developers Sam Tarakajian and Jeremy Bernstein. There will also be workshops as well as exhibitions open to the public. Full details of the event and the Code Catalyst Awards are at www.code-control.com
Tickets are available at the Phoenix box office or by phone on 0116 242 2800. They cost £75 for the weekend and £40 for a single day. Concession prices are £60 and £30 respectively. For students interested in applying for the bursary tickets visit the website at http://code-control.com/catalyst-scheme/.
About Cycling ‘74
Cycling ’74 creates software for the specialised needs of artists, educators, and researchers working with audio, visual media, and physical computing. The company’s visual programming tools Max, MSP, Jitter, and Gen serve as the creative engine behind thousands of innovative projects. The company was formed in 1997 by David Zicarelli and has approximately 25 employees and consultants worldwide. More at cycling74.com
Instead of writing lines of code, MAX users simply plug together a series of objects – visual boxes that contain tiny programmes – to create interactive software. As a result, musicians can create unique sound-making tools and instruments; artists can build installations which respond to viewer interaction; and exhibition designers can create educational exhibits which engage museum customers.
The software is developed and maintained by Cycling ’74, and is also enhanced by a large community of programmers not affiliated with the company, who provide commercial and non-commercial extensions to the software.