Essentials of SuperCollider #3

May 31st, 2012 6:30 pm 
Steim, Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam Steim, Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam

Advance registration is required for this event and can only be done through this form.

SuperCollider for absolute beginners. Learn the essentials of making synths, composing, and playing with SuperCollider

This is the third workshop of a beginner’s course in SuperCollider. SuperCollider is a free and open source sound and music language designed used by artists worldwide to realize sonic ideas. SuperCollider is supported by a large and helpful community, but despite this many beginners still find it hard knowing how to get started. The focus of this workshop series is to get you over that initial learning hump and into a place where you feel comfortable enough with SC to dive deeper on your own.

The workshop will take place in three evening sessions of four hours each, progressively covering topics such as building synths, composing and sequencing sound, and live performance using midi controllers and other electronic interfaces.

You must register to attend these workshops. Each session costs €25, which is payable on arrival. It is also possible to pay by credit card or paypal for all three workshops.

The course will be taught jointly by Marije Baalman and Tijs Ham.

Workshop Dates:
Thursday 26 April, 2012 – Session 1: Getting started with building synths
Thursday 10 May, 2012 – Session 2: Composing and sequencing
Thursday 31 May, 2012 – Session 3: Control, performance, and interaction

Time: 18:30 – 22:30
Cost: €25 per workshop
Location: STEIM, Achtergracht 19, 1017WL Amsterdam
Maximum number of participants: 15


All participants are expected to bring their own computer* and to install the SuperCollider software before the workshop. The software can be downloaded here:

*STEIM has a limited number of computers available for those who do not have their own. If you would like to use one of these machines please let us know well in advance so that we can arrange one for you.



Marije Baalman is a multidisciplinary artist, researcher, and engineer whose primary interest lies in the use of wireless networks for live performance (such as dance and music), and installations. She has studied Perceptual Acoustics at the Technical University in Delft, Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, and completed her Ph.D. on Wave Field Synthesis and electro-acoustic music at the Electronic Studio of the Technical University of Berlin. Between 2007 and 2010 she was a post-doctoral researcher in Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. Marije is a well-respected expert in SuperCollider. She has given SuperCollider workshops worldwide and has contributed chapters to “The SuperCollider Book” (MIT Press, 2011).

Tijs Ham composes and performs electronic music under the name Tapage. Besides his work as a musician, Tijs teaches basic SuperCollider courses at the Music Technology program at the HKU in Hilversum, and is currently working at STEIM investigating the way sonic material can be categorized for playback using self organizing maps and neural networks.