WORKSHOP || Live coding with SuperCollider

8. – 10.11.2016. @MPLab

Max number of participants: 12

Live coding is an emerging practice in computer music which enables to improvise music almost from scratch. Contrary to the usual music production techniques, live coding focuses on exploration, enabling the performer to create music from code, algorithms and signal processing. The exploratory process becomes the musical form and an experience for the performer and the audience alike.

We will use SuperCollider for sound generation and basic sequencing to improvise music with code. In the workshop we will go through some basics concepts which will lead to more advanced topics for more complex works. At the end of the workshop, the participants should be able to make sounds and sequences with SuperCollider, which can then be either recorded or performed live.

The participants should have SuperCollider 3.7 installed on their laptops.

The software is open source and available to download for free here:

Other than this, trying out some of the examples in the downloaded folder or reading a little bit in the help file “Getting started” might help, but we will start with the basics together. The participants should bring their own headphones for the practical sessions.

Hosted by: Patrick Borgeat and Juan A. Romero

Patrick Borgeat and Juan A. Romero have been doing music with code since 2005. They met each other studying music informatics at the HfM in Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2010 they they formed the live coding band “Benoît and the Mandelbrots” performing over 70 concerts all over Europe. They received an honorary mention at the Prix Ars Electronica 2012 in the category Digital Musics & Sound Art.

Juan and Patrick also play together as Ganzfeld, an audiovisual performance duo with music oscillating between ambient, noise, drone and glitch combined with visuals, aesthetically somewhere between Victor Vasarely and raster-noton.


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