SuperCollider for Beginners

Workshop at Kunstprojekt: International Temporary Art - K:ITA, Berlin
May/June, 2008


SuperCollider is an environment and programming language for real time audio synthesis and algorithmic composition. It has a large and growing library of sound synthesis modules and supports structural concepts in composition as well as new approaches to musical design like live coding.
The architecture of SuperCollider is optimized for working in real time and for networking with other softwares and machines via Open Sound Control.

SC3 is free and open source, runs under OSX, Linux and (with some limitations) Windows. Binaries of SC3 can be downloaded from

The participants must bring their own computers with SC installed.
The main platform for the course will be OSX.
In general, Linux or Windows will work as well but you have to install SC by yourself in advance!
In order to run SC under Linux you need to configure emacs as an editor and to install SwingOSC as GUI for SC.
For Windows you need Psycollider and SwingOSC as GUI.
As an alternative Windows users can use this pure:dyne Live CD with Linux which contains among others a ready-to-run version of SuperCollider.

The workshop languages are English and German.

The workshop fee is 100 Euros, to be payed at the beginning.
The number of participants is limited to 15.
Please reserve your place by sending an email to until May 18.

Dates & Location

May 24 & 25 and June 7 & 8

K:ITA - Kunstprojekt: International Temporary Art
Weidenweg 44-46 / Bersarinplatz,
10249 Berlin-Friedrichshain