Live Coding a Gentle Bounce

A recent improvisation by Shelly Knotts

Shelly Knotts provides little context for her track titled “Live Code May 15.” There’s just a handful of hashtags confirming it is a #livecoding performance, and an #improvisation, and though the bouncy tones make it clear, confirms it’s #electronic — more specifically a work on #supercollider, the realtime audio programming language. It’s a gentle piece, its slight shifts and variations on a simple melodic component lending it to repeat play. At 15 minutes, it can fill an hour easily. For a live coding piece of this length, it is fairly free of mishap. From about 6:08 to 6:12 there is a glitchy stutter that seems out of place with the rest of the performance, and may in fact be an error, and later on for one or two moments a note in the main riff seems to falter. But otherwise it’s a seamless, daydreamy recording.

Track originally posted at Knotts is based in Newcastle, England. Per her bio, she is pursuing a PhD in “Live Computer Music” at Durham University “with a focus on collaboration in Network Music.” More from her at

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