Public defence: Collaboration in Music Live Coding

Master Qichao Lan at the Department of Musicology will defend his dissertation entitled Exploring Collaboration in Computer Music Systems for Live Coding for the degree of philosophiae doctor (PhD).

Doctoral candidate Qichao Lan, wall with text "det humanistiske fakultet"

So-called "live coding" is a new type of music performance in which the performer writes a computer program that makes music in real-time. In his PhD, Qichao Lan has explored different types of live coding and how this particular performance style can allow for new forms of musical collaboration. In his practice-based research, he has carried out different projects including RaveForce (a new way to generate musical sound), QuaverSeries (a live coding language and a browser-based music collaboration platform), and Air Guitar (a model that can predict music information from muscle signals). Knowledge from these projects has been embedded in the development of Glicol, which is a new computer music programming language, an audio DSP library, and an online music-making platform ( Lan's interdisciplinary research reveals that computer software innovation, especially in "lower-level" technology, can significantly change musical practice and collaboration. His research paves the way for future research in music and artificial intelligence, audio programming, live coding, and accessible music/computer science education.

The defence takes place in Forsamlingssalen, Harald Schelderups hus on 2 June, 12:15 p.m. It will also be possible to follow the proceedings via livestream on RITMO's YouTube channel.

Trial lecture

Designated topic: “The impact of programming language design on style and aesthetics in live coding performance”

Time and place: Time and place: 2 June, 10:15 a.m., Harald Schjelderups hus, Forsamlingssalen. It will also be possible to follow the trial lecture via livestream.

Watch the live stream

Request a digital copy of the dissertation.

Evaluation committee

Professor Rebecca Fiebrink, University of the Arts, London (first opponent)

Professor Thor Magnusson, University of Sussex (second opponent)

Professor Rolf Inge Godøy, University of Oslo (committee administrator)

Chair of the defence

Head of Department Zafer Özgen


Professor Alexander Refsum Jensenius, University of Oslo

Professor Jim Tørresen, University of Oslo

Published May 23, 2022 12:01 PM - Last modified May 24, 2022 10:02 AM