CODA is an art party, it’s a performance event, it’s a technological spectacle.  We pair electroacoustic musicians with live coders, working in a variety of technologies, to create an evening of stunning visuals and cutting-edge music and soundscapes.

The Coda Series continues to demystify technology and art practices by presenting works which pair live software manipulation (coding) with improvised sonic or visual art performance in an open process, including:

  • Live Coding
  • Improvised Live Electronic Music
  • Spatialized Audio Diffusion
  • VJ Performance
  • Generative Audio & Video
  • Deep Listening

We show our working; we don’t hide the wires; we invite you in!


CODA 1.0 – July 2017

What if the habitual patterns running through our minds are a kind of script, a software we perform over and over? What if we could rewrite that software—would it be time for an upgrade?

CODA 1.i – December 2017

CODA 1.ii OK3D – May 2018

In association with Vancouver Creative Technology Group, and The Meta Music Society at The Fishbowl.

CODA I.ii OK3D puts the audience at the centre of two converging screens projecting the framework of virtual landscapes. Coders and electroacoustic musicians jam as we pull back the curtain to give you a unique view of how technology, design, and music are used symbiotically to create a singular event. 

Coders making visuals for musicians making audio for coders making…
This time, we’re going 3D.

Referencing Radiohead’s iconic album OK Computer, CODA I.ii OK3D explored disquiet and unease in the technological era.
Curated by Brady Marks and Technology Direction by Carey Dodge, featuring the designs of Tim Rolls, and Chao Feng and the music of Michelle Helene Mackenzie, RiDylan, and Brady Ciel Marks.

Coda 2.0: Software for People – The Upgrade – November 2018

In association with the Vancouver Creative Technology Group and the Vancouver Meta Music Society at Performance Works.

Presenting an intense, immersive sensory and community experience with audio & visual collaborative works by Leó Stefánsson, Constantine Katsiris, Hitori Tori and Yasushi Harada, and host Brady Marks.

CODA: Synthetic Nature – August 2019

in partnership with the Vancouver Meta Music Society at Performance Works.

 This iteration dove into the paradox between technology and nature and confronted the limits of biophilia.

– Virtual Reality Sculpture (Edward Madojemu)
– Cut Up Soundscapes and Abstract Rhythms (Ross Birdwise)
– Close Encounters with Synthetic Psychology (Brady Ciel Marks)
– Dirty Electronics and Lush Video (EmmaTomic & The Memory Palace)

Fractal trees, biodegradable plastic, artificial intelligence, mediated experience: these are the paradoxes we encounter daily.
How do reconcile our place in this nonsense?
At the very root of art, is the artifice and artificial.
But you don’t like art do you?
To escape, you go for a walk, get away from it all.
But what if you see a sunset and are re-invigorated, and you want remember your newfound place in the universe with a pocket-sized sunset to take home. Now you are an art lover!

Curated by Brady Ciel Marks, with Technology Direction provided by Carey Dodge.

REVIVE: A CODA Guest Presentation – November 30, 2019

At Performance Works

Can artificial intelligence be creative? Or is it a series of biased algorithms? What does it mean to automatize artistic work?

See an artificial intelligence (MASOM) revive the music of electroacoustic composers past alongside live artists Kivanç Tatar, Remy Siu, and Philippe Pasquier with realtime software-generated visuals. We’ll round out the evening with sets of AI-themed electroacoustic music from DJ Furiousgreencloud!

The evening is a reflection on automatization, in which the artists explore the merits and biases of AI algorithms to come up with new aesthetics realized by machines trained on the corpus (or bodies) of iconic artists’ works.

REVIVE’s aesthetics span experimental electronic music styles including acousmatic music, soundscapes, glitch, intelligent dance music (IDM), and noise music. The project features two human performers, and MASOM, which is a musical agent, an artificial intelligence (AI) architecture for live performance. For each sonic performer in REVIVE, a corresponding visual agent puts sonic gestures and textures into live generative imagery. Both MASOM and the visual agents use a machine listening algorithm to exhibit reactive behaviours to what the performers are doing. The visuals are revealing the musical gestures that are so often lost in electronic music performance.

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The CODA Series is generously supported by CMHC Granville Island, Canada Council for the Arts, The Department of Canadian Heritage, BC Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, and the City of Vancouver.

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