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Shelly Knotts produces live-coded and network music performances and projects which explore aspects of code, data and collaboration. Her experimental and collaborative tendencies have seen her engage with diverse musical practices and styles ranging from electroacoustic tape music to live-coded dance music. She performs internationally, collaborating with computers and other humans.

She is studying for a PhD in Live Computer Music at Durham University. Past affiliations include BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre) and SOUNDkitchen. Her work is published on Chordpunch record label, Absence of Wax netlabel and in Leonardo Music Journal. She has received commissions and residencies from PRSF and Sound and Music.

Current projects include network laptop bands BiLE and OFFAL (Orchestra For Females And Laptops) and live coding performance [Sisesta Pealkiri] with Alo Allik.

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Shelly Knotts produces live-coded and network music performances and projects which explore aspects of code, data and collaboration. Her experimental and collaborative tendencies have seen her engage with diverse musical practices and styles ranging from electroacoustic tape music to live-coded dance music. She performs internationally, collaborating with computers and other humans.

She is currently studying for a PhD in Live Computer Music at Durham University with Nick Collins and Peter Manning, with a focus on collaboration in network music, and completed a masters degree in composition at the University of Birmingham in 2012, where she studied with Scott Wilson and Vic Hoyland and was a member of BEAST (Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre).

Current projects include: the network music bands BiLE (Birmingham Laptop Ensemble) and OFFAL (Orchestra For Females And Laptops). BiLE have been performing together in various line-ups since 2011 and are interested in collaborative electronic music performance and composition and structures for improvisation. They have performed across the UK and Europe including at: NIME 2011 (Oslo, NO), Laptops Meet Musicians Festival 2011 (Venice, IT) and TEDxBrum (Birmingham, UK). OFFAL formed in 2015 and are a collective of women who make electronic music who are developing projects which explore technology, structures and approaches for long-distance collaboration. Live coding collaboration [Sisesta Pelakiri] with Alo Allik is a generative audio-visual performance based on an audio-visual feedback loop created by writing code live on stage and exchanging musical information over the network. [Sisesta Pelakiri] has been performed at live.code.festival 2013 (Karlsruhe, DE), Zeppellin 2013 (Barcelona, ESP) and Musik Festival 2015 (Bern, CH).

As solo laptop improvisor and composer, Shelly’s work – including live and fixed electronic works, generative sound installations and live electronic improvisations – has been presented at various festivals and events in the UK and Worldwide including at /* Vivo */ 2014 (Mexico City, Mexico); International Symposium of Electronic Arts 2015 (Vancouver, CA); Earzoom 2013 (Ljubljana, Slovenia); Grande Exposition d’Art (Nantes, FR); Ton:art 2011 (Karlsruhe, DE); Inventionen 2010 (Berlin, DE); Supersonic Festival 2011 & 2012 (Birmingham, UK); Noisefloor Festival (Leicester, UK); Network Music Festival 2012 (Birmingham, UK).

As a live-coder she has also performed at numerous Algoraves – which present live algorithmic music for dancing to – in cities such as Amsterdam, Antwerp, Düsseldorf, Cologne, London, Sheffield, Barcelona.

She has taken part in several online festivals and broadcast performances both as a solo performer and as part of G.I.A.S.O (Great international Audio Streaming Orchestra), including Piksel 2013 (Bergen, NO) and Audioblast 2014 (Nantes and Anger, FR).

Past affiliations have included BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre) 2007-2011 and sound art collective SOUNDkitchen 2010-2012. She is also a co-founder and project manager of Network Music Festival, Birmingham which took place in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Publications of her work include: electronic works Etude #16, 257, on Chordpunch record label’s RissEP, 2012, and I.E.M (Impromptu Entropy Machine), on Absence of Wax netlabel, 2013, live electronic piece XYZ in CNCPTN webzine in 2012, and mixed live electronic and instrumental piece Chordophonia in Leonardo Music Journal, 2008. She received commissions from the PRSF ‘women make music’ fund in 2011 and 2016. In 2014-15 she was part of Sound and Music’s ‘New Voices’ cohort.

She has taken part in a number of residencies including Digital Media Labs 2015, Nantes Electronic Arts Recontre in 2015, Sound and Music ‘Improvisors’ Residency in 2014 and Composer’s Lab at METAL, Liverpool in 2013.

As well as composing and performing Shelly has presented and published her work at international conferences and in international journals and has also been involved in the organisation of a number of projects including Rewriting the Hack and the 1st International Conference of  Live Coding and regularly facilitates workshops on creative coding.

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