Over the next couple of weeks we'll be meeting some of the talented individuals speaking and performing at the next Hack Circus event, THIS IS REALITY. First up, hacker, musician and artist, Alex McLean.

Who are you and what do you do?

I am Alex. I like making things with code, and then immediately deleting them again, a practice known as "live coding". I do this to make live music, which is a major preoccupation, but also do the odd bit of software and installation art, and am a research fellow in the University of Leeds.

What are you going to be presenting at Hack Circus: THIS IS REALITY?

I'll be working with choreography hacker Kate Sicchio, performing a piece called "sound choreography <> body code" and probably talking about it a bit.

What are you working on *today*?

I've been mostly been responding to complaints about the neo-classicist tone of a call for papers I recently sent out, while also running a peer review process, submitting a funding proposal for a live weaving and live coding collaboration, writing some reports, booking a venue for some live art activity in the woods, and getting my software rewritten ready for our rehearsal for Hack Circus tomorrow. So mostly sending and receiving emails and doing a bit of code.

Give us one insight about reality based on your work...

I've spent a large part of my life staring at emacs, and a large part of my research career trying to make this reality a bit richer.

Name one great project that you've seen recently.

Susanne Palzer's "Open platform" performance art project in Sheffield. It's a series of happenings which take place in small places (e.g. cupboards, atriums, passageways), exploring technology without technology. It is based on this platform which is an actual platform, and people come and do digital performances without digital technology. Last time I did some knitting on the platform, encoding Susanne's movements in knit and pearl.