Making Music with Live Coding

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In this three-part online workshop, participants learn to create rhythms, melodies, and compositions with the programming language ORCA.

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Take a deep dive as we ebb and flow through creating abstract rhythms, melodies, and musical compositions through procedural sequencing – in one of the most innovative coding languages ever created, ORCA.

In this powerful, esoteric, abstract, limitless, real-time live coding environment, we control audio software and instruments to manifest our sonic landscapes and explore. Simple enough for anyone to dive in. Deep enough to satisfy any level of creative exploration and obsession.

“Orca is an esoteric programming language, designed to create procedural sequencers in which each letter of the alphabet is an operation, where lowercase letters operate on bang, uppercase letters operate each frame. The application is not a synthesizer, but a flexible livecoding environment capable of sending MIDI, OSC & UDP to your audio interface, like Ableton, Renoise, VCV Rack or SuperCollider.” – Hundredrabbits

Participants will need access to:

  • Mac or PC with headphones or speakers
  • Zoom account (Register here)
  • Any additional materials needed for this workshop will be sent in advance via email


Session 1: Thursday, February 10th, 6pm-8pm

Session 2: Thursday, February 17th, 6pm-8pm

Session 3: Thursday, February 24th, 6pm-8pm

This workshop is PWYC by donation (with a minimum donation of $40 to register). Fees for this workshop can be waived if access to funds is a barrier to participation. For more information please email

Cancellation Policy

DARC is unable to provide course attendee refunds for cancellations. DARC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses if necessary.


This workshop will be presented online via Zoom with live closed captioning provided.


Ashford Sabastien Callender is an Ottawa-based experimental digital artist, as well as a community educator and organizer. Inspired by psychedelic futurism, he uses his background in audio and video post-production within creative mediums such as web, film, and video to explore and create thoughtful, immersive, cross-cultural audio/visual experiences - one of his primary goals is to encourage people to see art, primarily, as a participatory space where we all have the power to alter our capacity for connection and understanding... and also encouraging people to peer into the technology side of art, to help inspire and create new visions.

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Digital Arts Resource Centre (formerly SAW Video) is a not-for-profit, artist-run media art centre that fosters the growth and development of artists through access to equipment, training, mentorship, and programming. Our mission is to support a diverse community of media artists empowered by technology, programming and the exchange of ideas.

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