toplap is a worldwide community that since 2004 groups people exploring live coding as a creative technique.
In 2018 Lina Bautista and Iván Paz started toplap-barcelona which today is a community for free experimentation on writing source code for sound and visuals generation. post-window originates within this context as a collaboration between their authors.
Formed as a classical composer, Lina Bautista AKA Linalab, followed her path through modular synthesizers and electronic gadgets framed into the DIY philosophy. Her work explores sonic spaces ranging from analog to digital by including live coding as a creative practice.
Looking thought the lenses of mathematics and sound, Iván Paz explores the possibilities of algorithmic music within the creative technique of on-the-fly programming. His work is framed in critical approaches to technology and from-scratch construction as a guide to conceive and develop his pieces.
For toplap live coding is a form of scenic art and a creativity technique focused on real-time writing of source code and the use of interactive programming, is a new direction in electronic music, is improvising and formalizing in public. The live coders expose and modify in real time the software generating music and / or images, while the manipulation of the code is projected to allow viewing process. Live coding works in all musical genres, and by the elements that compose it – art, science and technology – it also configures a social and political discourse.
post-window reflects on the semantic, semiotic and affective bridges connecting our imaginary sonic and written languages. It is conceived as a high-level device for sound live coding that visualizes algorithmic sentiment analysis. It is a window that invites us to find the nonconformity within the limits of the algorithm. The training bias, the implicit values of humans involved in data collection and processing, might never replicate the plasticity of the individual mind. Yet, the illusion of being read and understood keeps us engaged, while exploring the timbre space as we type, going from harsh electronic soundscapes to smooth cavern spaces.
post-window is part of a research and production program held by Hangar in collaboration with the NewArtFoundation and the