Free as in BEER: Some Explorations into Structured Improvisation Using Networked Live-Coding Systems

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  • Scott Wilson
  • Norah Lorway
  • Rosalyn Coull
  • Konstantinos Vasilakos
  • Timothy Moyers Jr

Colleges, School and Institutes


Much improvised music that has developed since the advent of free jazz has been concerned with the imposition of structure, often through systems of directed improvisation, or through the use of rule-based approaches (e.g., game pieces). In this article, we explore the possibility of a networked live-coding system as a structural intervention mechanism par excellence, through the discussion of two pieces from the repertoire of the Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-64
Number of pages10
JournalComputer Music Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2014