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Cyclic Patterns of Movement Across Weaving, Epiplokē and Live Coding

Mc Lean, Alex; Fanfani, Giovanni; Harlizius-Klück, Ellen

This article hosts an interdisciplinary exploration of cyclic rhythmic structures, bringing
together historical references to ground understanding of algorithmic electronic dance
music, and in particular the algorave movement. The role of pattern in uniting dance,
music and language is investigated in the ancient practice of weaving, in ancient Greek
choral lyric, and contemporary live coding. In this context the TidalCycles environment is
introduced, with some visual and audio examples. Cyclic metrical patterns in ancient Greek
are then explored in detail, particularly the metrical transformations of Epiplokē. Finally,
this jump between contemporary and ancient practice leads us to consider algorave itself
as a Luddite movement, its proponents engaged in an unravelling of technology.

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