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CMC2a Tasks

Beat-cutting with SuperCollider

Task 10 Name: Creative Computing Presentations Set: w10i Due: w13i Weighting: assessable (15%) Courses: cmc2a
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Beat-cutting through code... (in preparation).

Algorithmic Presentation (pdf)

The Files

The Task


  • Choose one of the examples given above (you should investigate material from the help files), and using various techniques, tools and controls, create a patch that investigates beat-cutting.

  • You might consider implementing two 'presets' to allow you to jump to one state or another during a 'performance'. It does not need to stop automatically, (although, of course, it may).

  • Credit will be given for technical expertise and imagination in implementation.

  • You should fully document your code, providing sufficiently full comments to ensure that any reasonably informed person could understand the result.

  • If appropriate, make a demo recording of your patch working. Please keep the size down to a minimum (maximum duration approximately 20 seconds to one minute).

  • Do bear in mind that SuperCollider is a powerful but complex language. Investigate, develop and understand the material you're given to the best of your ability, but don't expect to add much original functionality without ending up in some difficulty. Remember that if you attempt any significant development on a patch that works well and in which you've invested some time and effort, work on a copy!

  • Added value
    By completing the details of the task you will achieve at least a pass mark. By imaginatively and creatively considering how you might implement the task originally you can add value to your submission, and this added value may increase your mark significantly. Even when making videos of short demonstration tasks try to consider musical and performance criteria.


  • Compress (zip) your patches, demos, etc. into one file called your_student_number_"SCBB" (e.g. 0504335_SCBB.zip), include a readme with your name and student number and, if necessary, how to use or just open the patch.
  • Submit a copy of the files to the i-Centre on 2pm Tuesday December 19th 2017

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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.