Workshop | demo

Saturday 9 July 05
polytechnic in association with Version Festival 8 -10 July 05.


An introduction to Supercollider - workshop and demonstration by Matt Gray (Sheffield UK).

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 ( Otherwise there will be a small number of linux OS computers provided.
For more info on Supercollider please see-


Matt 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.