Al-Jazari && Isle of Tune

After playing around a bit with Jim Hall’s Isle of Tune, I thought of Al-Jazari by Dave Griffiths.

Dave Griffiths’s Live Coding project Al Jazari (2008) is written in Fluxus

“Al-Jazari was an influential scholar and engineer who lived at the beginning of the 13th century, this project was inspired by his robot musicians who were designed to play at royal drinking parties. More info

Live coding is the art of programming in front of an audience. Screens are projected in order to display the entire process to the audience, thus making computer based performances more interesting and inclusive. More info

Al-Jazari is livecoded entirely by gamepad, and employs a simple graphical language to allow robots to interact with each other and move over a terrain populated by audio triggers. The running code is displayed and edited in thought bubbles over each robot.”

I had the pleasure of meeting Dave and playing with Al-Jazari at the Funware exhibition. If you haven’t seen it, you should also check out the Multiplayer Text Adventure on Facebook Naked on Pluto

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