Alex (Yaxu) McLean

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • ICSRiM (the Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in Music)

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  • ISEA2022

    Alex McLean is a musician and researcher currently working at He is notable for his key role in developing live coding as a musical practice, including for creating TidalCycles, a live-coding environment that allows programmer musicians to code simply and quickly, and for coining the term Algorave with Nick Collins. He is an active and influential member of the live coding community; and is the co-founder of TOPLAP and joint leader of the Live Coding Research Network.


    Alex McLean a.k.a. Yaxu is a research fellow and deputy director of ICSRiM (the Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in Music) in Leeds. He makes broken techno using his live coding system Tidal. He cofounded the TOPLAP live coding and Algorave movements, and has performed widely since the year 2000 in many collaborations including Slub and Canute, and at many festivals including Sonar, Club Transmediale, Sonic Acts, Earzoom, NODE, Ars Electronica, Dissonanze, Lovebytes and STRP.


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