Alex McLean is a musician, developer and researcher based in Sheffield, UK. As a live coder, Alex performs widely as part of the long-lived band Slub (with Dave Griffiths, Adrian Ward and Alexandra Cardenas), as well as CCAI (with Sam Schorb), and Epiploke (with Lucy Cheesman). Alex is active across the digital arts, co-founding the TOPLAP organisation for the promotion of live algorithm programming, algorithmic techno promoters Algorave, and the International Conferences on Live Coding and Live Interfaces. He has also organised around 80 Dorkbot electronic art events in Sheffield and London. Alex completed his PhD thesis "Artist-Programmers and Programming Languages for the Arts" in 2011 at Goldsmiths, University of London, and now holds a part-time postdoc position on the ERC PENELOPE project, exploring weaving as a technical mode of existence.