introduction to Supercollider - workshop and demonstration by Matt Gray
Supercollider is a real time programming language for audio generation
and processing. The current version is Supercollider Server / Supercollider
3. It runs on Mac OSX, and since it is open source, it has been ported
to Linux. It is a text based programming language, although it is possible
to generate GUI's to control aspects of the software. The possibilities
with it are endless - sound creation, sequencing, algorithmic composition,
live performance, live coding, audio processing and communication between
multiple computers over a network or the internet.
This introductory workshop lead by Matt Gray will cover synth creation,
scheduling and routines, sample manipulation and will focus on getting
some quick and effective results. The workshop will also cover some
random and algorithmic techniques.
During the workshop participants will also have the opportunity to develop
ideas with these tools.
No programming experience is required, but a basic understanding of
working with computer audio would be an advantage. Some printed reference
material will be available at the workshop.
You are welcome to bring your own computer, provided that it has a working
version of SuperCollider Server installed (http://www.audiosynth.com).
Otherwise there will be a small number of linux OS computers provided.
For more info on Supercollider please see- http://www.audiosynth.com/
Gray has been writing music for about 10 years, starting from
the humble beginnings with a
386pc, soundblaster and a copy of fastracker2, through to the current
trend for CPU hungry, VST overloaded audio sequencers and ending up
finally out into the world of audio programming. Matt has been using
Supercollider for 3 years, first as a means of generating sound to import
into more traditional applications, but gradually shifting towards complete
compositions within the software. His musical interests are making algorithmic
/ random music that still conforms to a notion of a specific rhythm
- ie that you can dance to!
His most recent performances include a live coded performance using
standard methods to control sound-generating objects. His first release
will come out later this year - a track on the Access Space LOSS cd,
a CD dedicated to music written on open source software.