Technologies of Sound and Movement

We offer a workshop for dance artists and musicians on the use of accelerometers as a way to create and control the soundscore of a performance.

In the workshop we will deal with the integration of sound and movement, using the open-source programming language SuperCollider and movement sensors to generate sound.

Necessary materials

You will need a laptop, a smartphone and headphones. Before the workshop starts you should install some software: SuperCollider and Audacity on your computer, and TouchOSC on your phone. We will set up everything together on the first day of the workshop, so no need to worry if you have problems during the installation procedure.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Currently you will not be able to do the workshop with a Chromebook! There are ways to run Linux on a Chromebook, which would make it possible to build SuperCollider from source and install Audacity, but this is far beyond the scope of the workshop, and should only be attempted if you know what you are doing!

Installing SuperCollider

You will find the download links on the SuperCollider homepage.

Mac users should go to this link and download the most recent version. If you are asked to open it, click yes. This will create a folder called SuperCollider in your Downloads folder. Move this folder with all its content into your Applications folder. Open the SuperCollider folder and click on the SuperCollider icon. If you get a message saying that the program can’t be opened because of a problem, you need to move the SuperCollider folder to the trash, and try with an older version of SuperCollider instead (from the same downloads page, under the Previous Releases heading). In this case you may not be able to open SuperCollider immediately when you left-click on it the first time after moving it to your Applications folder. Instead, you should either right-click or hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard while left-clicking on it. The computer will then ask you if you want to open the application. Confirm this. Next time you open SuperCollider you will not be asked about this.

Windows users should click on this link and download the latest version. If your computer is less than 10 years old you will want to download the 64-bit version. You will be asked if you want to save the file. Click yes. Once the file has been downloaded, click on it. You will be asked if you want to run it. Click Run. This will launch a program that takes care of the installation for you. Agree to everything the program asks you to.

Installing Audacity

Audacity is a free and open source editor for sound files. You will use this in the workshop to record your own sounds, clean them up and cut them into manageable pieces.

Mac and Windows users should follow the instructions on the Audacity downloads page

Installing TouchOSC

To get data from your mobile phone to the computer we will use an app called TouchOSC Mk1. Visit this link if you have an iPhone, or this link if you have an Android phone (basically any smartphone that is not an iPhone…). This will take you to App Store (iPhone) or Play Store (Android), where you will have to purchase the software for 5-6 euro. The price varies depending on platform and country.