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Live Coding in SuperCollider

May 31, 2015 @ 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm


**Part of the 18th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival**

$20 (regular) $10 (student/senior/arts worker)
Enrolment cap: 20

This workshop will touch upon the basics of programming (control structures, data types, syntax, variables, functions, abstractions) as well as the basics of computer music (timing, envelopes, signal processing, synthesis, samples) all within the context of live coding, i.e. creating and altering the code as a mode of performance. Participants will use the keyboard and mouse of their own computer as an interface creating completely digital, improvised sound compositions. Using of one of the Instructor’s existing coding “instruments” as a reference, participants will build their own versions and take part in a collaborative, impromptu performance to conclude the workshop.

Participants will need to bring their own laptop or tablet to work on. The program SuperCollider is freeware and can be downloaded at no cost. A link to the software will be provided to confirmed participants closer to the date of the workshop.

About the Instructor:

Ian Jarvis is a Toronto-based sound artist, composer, songwriter and media producer. He is often the mouthpiece of frAncIs, who is best described as an Audio Being and the illegitimate offspring of the right side of Ian’s brain and the slightly abused digital media that authenticates his life. Their interaction often results in what might be described as music and sound art. Much of the work is motivated by the implications of technology on creative practices and the development of personal identities. Recent works are included on the NAISA Deep Wireless 8 CD, the Cybernetic Orchestra’s debut CD ESP.beat, and have been presented at the Hamilton Art Crawl, the Sheridan Gallery, and the 2012 Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium. He creates “The Becoming of an Audiophile” for NAISA webcast, and composes and produces various audio projects under the names Audio Being and Caught In The Groove.


May 31, 2015
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
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Studio 106
180 Shaw St
Toronto, ON Canada