Live coding is almost the antithesis of immediate physical musicianship, and yet, has attracted the attentions of a number of computer-literate musicians, as well as the music-savvy programmers that might be more expected. It is within the context of live coding that I seek to explore the question of practising a contemporary digital musical instrument, which is often raised as an aside but more rarely carried out in research (though see ). At what stage of expertise are the members of the live coding movement, and what practice regimes might help them to find their true potential?
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