Introduction to live coding with Super Collider – LIVE Session / 5th October

Date & Time: Tuesday 5th October 2021 – 6pm UK / 7pm Berlin / 10am LA / 1pm NYC

2-hour workshop

Level: Beginner

SuperCollider is a platform for audio synthesis and algorithmic composition, used by musicians, artists, and researchers working with sound. Live coding is the practice of creating and/or manipulating algorithms in real time to change an ongoing artistic process, like music or visuals. In this workshop you’ll discover the universe of live coding music and the powerful software that started this practice, while discovering the world wide community that makes all this possible.

Session Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session, a successful student will be able to:

  • Understand in a general manner how   SuperCollider works and its  possibilities for creative coding in music

  • Create their own sounds and learn the basics of Digital Sound Processing

  • Add effects to manipulate and process sounds

  • Make their first live coding performances with SuperCollider

  • Identify various technologies and practitioners of live coding

Session Study Topics

  • Brief introduction to SuperCollider’s syntax and structure

  • Brief introduction to algorithmic music.

  • How to create your first sounds

  • Variables and functions

  • Automations

  • How to add effects to sound

  • Techniques to live code in SC:

    • TheJIT Library

    • Pdefs

    • Ndefs

  • How to keep on learning on your own and how to ask for help in your learning process

  • How to reach and be part of the SuperCollider and Live Coding communitie


  • A computer and internet connection

  • A webcam and mic

  • SuperCollider Installed: SuperCollider

  • A Zoom account

About the workshop leader 

Alexandra’s work focuses on the algorithmic behaviour of music and the exploration of musicality within code. She is a core member of the international live coding and algorave community and performs worldwide using the live coding platforms SuperCollider and TidalCycles. In 2017, she was the Chair of the International Live Coding Conference in Morelia, Mexico.