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Supercollider Tasks

The Live Coding Task

Task 5 Name: Generative Composition Using SC 1 - GUI Set: w6i Due: w8i Weighting: 4% Courses: cmp
Task Summary All CMP tasks

Manipulate buffers (samples) and synthesis live within Supercollider.

Live coding with Supercollider


    The Task

    • Download the above file, unzip and follow the instructions - the soundfiles are simply there for you to use if you want. You'll need to put the files somewhere identifiable and then input the correct path into the code, where appropriate.
    • Once you've got the things working, plan out a brief composition/performance, and use the code at the bottom of the patch to record this. It should be no longer than 120 seconds. Try to manipulate the code as you're performing (the code's in the file, too):
    • Feel free to make use of as many resources as you feel to be appropriate. Especially useful for this task are the sets of 'practice' sessions available on the SuperCollider Wiki. Just make sure that you credit any 'borrowings'.
    • Bear in mind that this is a very new form. There are a number of aspects not really very well thought out and there is some way to go before they will be (if ever). Don't hesitate to think about these ideas and ask questions.
      // recording (to the SC directory)...
      s.recSampleFormat = "float";
      s.recChannels = 2; // number of channels


    • Zip or Stuff your patches, demos, etc. into one file called your_student_number_"SCLive" (e.g. 0504335_SCLive.zip or 0504335_SCLive.sit), include a readme with your name and student number and, if necessary, how to use or just open the patch, and submit the whole thing here.


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    The projects and tasks are designed to help you through the various courses and materials that you'll have to deal with, and also to provide an active and practical element to what could otherwise become a rather dry and technical exercise. Tasks are small exercises - you may be asked to complete one or two per week. Projects are larger and carry a higher percentage of the mark. We will undertake two, three, four or more projects and tasks. The final project is usually an individual choice project, and will be worth significantly more than the others in terms of percentages in your portfolio. We will usually try to set aside a time to perform the projects in a public setting.