Workshop: Improvisation with Live Instruments using SuperCollider

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The workshop will focus on improvisation (in the widest possible sense) with live instruments using SuperCollider. A small group of improvisers from London's free improvising scene will join us for the duration of the workshop. The workshop participants are welcome to use SuperCollider in any imaginable way, however, I will concentrate on a 'command-line style' environment for improvisation that I am currently developing. At the beginning of the workshop we will focus on how the environment works and can be extended. The students will code their own SynthDefs (sounds, effects, etc) and fabricate their own material (samples, patterns, etc) in preparation for the performance. We will also examine different strategies for real-time interaction with live instruments (machine listening, recording into buffers, etc). The emphasis of the workshop however will be practical. Therefore, we will focus primarily on playing together in different formations with the guest performers. During the workshop, we will improvise together on several occasions, giving the opportunity for each participant to experiment and try out their SC abilities in a real life performance situation. After each improvisation we will come together to comment and evaluate on the musical and technological aspects that can be improved. At the end of the workshop, we will present the outcome of the rehearsal process in a casual demonstration concert open to the public.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventSuperCollider Symposium 2012 - Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Apr 201218 Apr 2012


ConferenceSuperCollider Symposium 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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