[Aug – Oct] Immersive Technology Workshops with Melody Loveless

August 27th – October 30th, 2022.

Saturday August 27, 2022: Live coding with Sonic Pi (Performance and Demonstration)

Description: Live coding is the act of altering algorithms in real time in order to manipulate an ongoing artistic process, like music or visuals. This event features musician and educator Melody Loveless, who will perform using Sonic Pi, a live coding synthesizer based on Ruby. For this event, Melody will perform before sharing a presentation on live coding and introduction on Sonic Pi. Hands-on participation is optional but those wanting to code along during the demonstration should bring a laptop with Sonic Pi already installed and headphones. Download Sonic for free at: https://sonic-pi.net/ 

Ages: All ages

Saturday Sept. 10, 2022: Coding Music with Sonic Pi

Description: This hands-on workshop is an introduction to using Sonic Pi, a live coding synthesizer where users write code to generate music. This workshop is geared towards first-timer users and will focus on the basics of using Sonic Pi, focusing on skills necessary for layering sounds and performance. Participants will learn how to playback and loop samples, play pitches with built-in synthesizers, build their own rhythms and sequences, add effects to their loops, and more. 

Participants are highly recommended to bring their own laptop (with Sonic Pi already installed) and headphones. (Limited laptops will be available for participants to share.) Download Sonic for free at: https://sonic-pi.net/ 

Ages: 14+
Skill Level: Beginning programmers and first-time users

Saturday September 24, 2022 and

Saturday October 8, 2022

Creating Visuals with Hydra

TIME: 1 – 3 pm. LOCATION: Harvestworks Art and Technology Program Building 10a, Nolan Park, Governors Island.

Note: Easiest way for participants to start right away is using the online browser – https://hydra.ojack.xyz/ (requires WiFi) 

Description: This workshop is an introduction to creating visuals using Hydra, a live coding environment inspired by analog modular video synthesis. Participants will learn techniques for generating visuals, creating feedback loops, importing media as sources, and techniques for mixed reality using the webcam. Hydra is free and available to use via the web browser and for download. Participants are highly recommended to bring their own laptop and install Atom and the atom-hydra plugin. (Limited laptops will be available for participants to share.) 

Ages: 14+

Skill Level: Beginning programmers and first-time users.

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Melody Loveless is a musician, performer, educator, and multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work ranges from live coding performance, generative sound installations, multisensory performance, and more. She has performed around NYC in various venues, including Babycastles, Wonderville, (le) poisson rouge, Performance Space New York, and Eyebeam. Additionally, she has also organized/co-organized events including various concerts/performances and a day-long hackathon. Melody has presented talks on music education and her artistic practice for various organizations and events including the New Music Gathering, Monthly Music Hackathon, Bates Digital Music Symposium, and Pathways: Art and Technology. As an educator, she has taught in various institutes and organizations including New York University, the New School, Hunter College, Music Hackspace, and Harvestworks. She is also part of the first cohort of Cycling 74’s Max Certified Trainer Program. In the recent Spring 2022 semester, she was Visiting Faculty in the Department of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Website: melodyloveless.com

Instagram: @melodycodes https://www.instagram.com/melodycodes/ 


Eric Milikin, “Meet Kinetic Imaging visiting faculty Melody Loveless” – VCUArts News (February 2022)

For the love of code: In conversation with Melody Loveless” – Girls Twiddling Knobs – Podcast Interview (July 2021)

This project is made possible with funds from the NYSCA in Partnership with Wave Farm: Immersive Art & Technology Initiative, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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