Introduction to Waveset Synthesis in SuperCollider
Led by RM Francis
Waveset synthesis is a DSP paradigm first developed by Trevor Wishart that involves the selective transformation of individual wave cycles in a sound file. SuperCollider’s Pattern objects are an elegant algorithmic toolkit for exploring the potential of this approach to sound-making. Some prior SuperCollider experience will be helpful, but the aim is to make the code understandable and usable for newcomers as well. We’ll start with a quick conceptual and historical overview of waveset synthesis and then move into practical examples, using code adapted from Alberto de Campo’s chapter on microsound in The SuperCollider Book as a starting point before progressing into more involved techniques.
Participants should bring a laptop with SuperCollider installed, mono soundfiles to work with (a few seconds to a minute in length), and headphones/earbuds. If anyone has trouble getting SC running before the workshop, there are helpful support groups at open_in_newscsynth.org
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Ellen Phan is an artist working primarily in the field of computer music. Therapy-specific methodologies are employed as source material, modulated autonomously by para-sympathetic activity through a variety of processing and synthesis, with an aim to gather insight into cognitive and emotional states on a subconscious level. Hers is a distinctly hallucinatory psychoacoustic sound world aimed directly, with intent and focus, at the subconscious mind. She is based in Los Angeles.
RM Francis is an artist working with computer-generated sound via performance, recording, and installation. His work has been presented throughout North America at numerous festivals, including Debacle (Seattle), 2 Day (Portland), Diffusion (Baltimore), and Human Festival (Philadelphia). His Hyperplastic Other project is a series of works utilizing chocolate, video, performance, and sound to dramatize alternative models of subjectivity. Francis was also a member of Mesh Collaborative, a computer music ensemble employing network architecture to explore novel modes of distributed authorship and human-computer collaboration. He lives in Seattle, where he is also active as a concert organizer
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