Strictly Coding: Connecting Mathematics and Music through Digital Making

Pam Burnard, Zsolt Lavicza and Carrie Anne Philbin
Proceedings of Bridges 2016: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Education, Culture (2016)
Pages 345–350 Regular Papers


Live coding is a growing international phenomenon that brings together 21st century skill development through digital making, a mode of digital creativity that applies coding in the real-time of a musical performance. Live coding introduces the exciting notion of ‘liveness’ with composition and improvisation happening in the immediacy of performance. Coding exists as a much higher sonic abstraction than that of standard Western music notation; it affords the performer the ability to compose in the immediate or real time of improvised performance, thus merging improvisation, composition, algorithmic thinking and performance creativities through the use of new digital making tools.