Introduction to SuperCollider

Notam invites you to two evenings in October with an introduction to SuperCollider.

If you want to learn audio programming, SuperCollider is a good place to start. With SuperCollider you can build your own solutions, and if you have an idea about sound and programming you want to explore, it can usually be realized in SuperCollider. SuperCollider is a text-based audio software and can be difficult to access for beginners. The idea behind this course is to give participants an easy way to start programming in SuperCollider.

Individual guidance will be given along the way, and if the participants have questions and ideas of their own, we can solve this together. The course will also enable you to continue your own studies of SuperCollider after completing the course, so that you can become an advanced SuperCollider user in the long term.

The aim of the course

We wish to provide a simple and basic overview of SuperCollider, so that after completing, the course participants can start producing their own solutions in SuperCollider. The course requires no prior knowledge with SuperCollider, but some knowledge of computers and audio software is an advantage.

The course provides basic training both in programming in SuperCollider and working with digital audio. Participants gain an understanding of working with sound and interaction, and this will be useful for people who work with, for example, sound engineering, music, composition, art installations and interaction design.

After completing the course, you will have a good basis for further work and your own studies of SuperCollider. You will not become a SuperCollider expert in two evenings, but this course is a good place to start. If there is sufficient demand, Notam will launch a follow-up course after this course.

About SuperCollider

SuperCollider is an environment and interactive programming language for audio synthesis, processing, algorithmic composition and more, used by musicians, artists, and researchers working with sound. SuperCollider is free, and open source, available for MacOS, Linux and Windows. In contrast to ordinary audio software, SuperCollider is a text-based program, where you enter messages using text, in the same way as in an ordinary programming language.

SuperCollider has been around since 1996 and is a very comprehensive platform for sound processing. The program is one of the most popular tools for people who want to work with audio programming. SuperCollider is suitable for, among other things, live music, network music, algorithmic music, research, and for use in art installations. All sound synthesis and interaction take place in real time.

SuperCollider is also well suited to run on small computers such as Raspberry Pi, which means you can produce your own hardware projects.

Read more about SuperCollider here:

About the teacher

Niklas Adam (b.1986) is a Danish sound and visual artist based in Oslo. He works with performance and installation art in addition to music. Adam likes to use both programming and electronics in his works, and has performed in Europe, Russia, United States, South Korea and Japan, at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Super Deluxe in Tokyo and the Henie Onstad Art Center outside of Oslo, to name a few. He is particularly interested in synthesized sound environments, algorithmic systems, cybernetics, psychoacoustics, time and perception. Niklas Adam is an experienced SuperCollider user with relatively extensive knowledge of audio programming and computer networking for installation- and performing art.

Course plan

Evening 1:
Introduction to SuperCollider: installation, hello world, programming basics and overview
Sound synthesis: basics, additive, subtractive, modulation

Evening 2:
Routines, GUI and interaction
Sound synthesis: sample-based, granular, effects
Algorithmic composition, generative patterns

Practical information

Deadline for registration: 1 October 2024
Time: 24-25 October 2024, 18:00 – 21:00
Price: NOK 1,250
Language: Norwegian, Danish or English as required
Teacher: Niklas Adam
Place: Notam, Oslo
Number of places: 12

There is a limited number of places. Place on the course is confirmed upon payment.

Paypal link

The course is paid via PayPal. Place on the course is confirmed upon payment. Go to the PayPal link here.