IDM08 SuperCollider Summer School

University of Westminster Cavendish Campus, 15th to 18th July 2008

A four day SuperCollider summer school will be held at the University of Westminster Cavendish Campus, 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW, Tuesday July 15 to Friday 18th 2008. Location map. Please note the change of venue.

Both beginners and more advanced students are welcome and will be catered for. The course will culminate in a public gig for participants at Public Life in Shoreditch on the Friday night.

The organisers are John Eacott and Nick Collins, who will also be the main tutors.

The course is being run at minimum costs on a basis of pay what-you-like (you pay once at the workshops). In order to avoid time wasting, a minimum of 10 is required, and a 20 course fee is suggested as a basis for students, benefits etc (pay more if you can). However, bear in mind how much other workshops of this nature tend to cost, and you'll get an idea of how we're going out of the way to make this as non-commercial a venture as possible. The tutors are accepting no fee apart from travel expenses, and any excess will go to subsidising the Friday night performance opportunity, and if we go beyond that, to a dementia charity.

We are now able to accomodate 45 participants. Please email John Eacott off list in order to register (john atsymbol informal dot org). Note also that the organisers are not responsible for finding London accommodation for international participants; travel and lodging would have to be dealt with by you. You will also need to provide your own computer!

Provisional timetable

Each day 11-6, lunch hour 1-2pm

There are no parallel sessions; beginners and advanced sessions are interspersed. All sessions should have something to offer to both newcomer and experienced user, and beginners should be able to appreciate many points in the more advanced sessions. In the draft timetable below, advanced sessions are marked with an asterisk, though this shouldn't frighten off beginners, nor make advanced people feel they are not welcome and able to contribute to other sessions. There will be many opportunities in general to discuss individual projects and request topics.

There should also be some guest appearances, to be confirmed.


11-12 Introduction

12-1 SynthDefs and Synths

1-2 Lunch Hour

2-3 Scheduling

3-4 Analogue modelling (*)

4-5 Plotting with SC (*)

5-6 Buffers

6pm (optional) Review of the day's topics starting at the Red Lion, 48 Parliament Street, Whitehall, London SW1A 2NH and progressing to other selected locations.


11-12 Interaction, GUI

12-1 Generative music

1-2 Lunch Hour

2-3 Spectral Processing via FFT (*)

3-4 Busses, Groups

4-5 Physical modelling (*)

5-6 project time


11-12 Extending SC

12-1 Interconnections (*)

1-2 Lunch Hour

2-3 SC as a programming language

3-4 Writing your own UGens (*)

4-6 Project time


11-1 General questions/ requests

1-2 Lunch Hour

2-6 Project time / gig setup

8pm evening: gig at Public Life, 82a Commercial Street, London E1 6LY