Scott Wilson, David Cottle, Nick Collins (eds.): The SuperCollider Book (2011)

27 January 2014, dusan

“SuperCollider is one of the most important domain-specific audio programming languages, with potential applications that include real-time interaction, installations, electroacoustic pieces, generative music, and audiovisuals. The SuperCollider Book is the essential reference to this powerful and flexible language, offering students and professionals a collection of tutorials, essays, and projects. With contributions from top academics, artists, and technologists that cover topics at levels from the introductory to the specialized, it will be a valuable sourcebook both for beginners and for advanced users.

SuperCollider, first developed by James McCartney, is an accessible blend of Smalltalk, C, and further ideas from a number of programming languages. Free, open-source, cross-platform, and with a diverse and supportive developer community, it is often the first programming language sound artists and computer musicians learn. The SuperCollider Book is the long-awaited guide to the design, syntax, and use of the SuperCollider language. The first chapters offer an introduction to the basics, including a friendly tutorial for absolute beginners, providing the reader with skills that can serve as a foundation for further learning. Later chapters cover more advanced topics and particular topics in computer music, including programming, sonification, spatialization, microsound, GUIs, machine listening, alternative tunings, and non-real-time synthesis; practical applications and philosophical insigh”s from the composer’s and artist’s perspectives; and “under the hood,” developer’s-eye views of SuperCollider’s inner workings. A Web site accompanying the book offers code, links to the application itself and its source code, and a variety of third-party extras, extensions, libraries, and examples.”

Foreword by James McCartney
Publisher MIT Press, 2011
ISBN 0262232693, 9780262232692
756 pages

Review: Dave Phillips (Linux Journal).


PDF (removed on 2014-2-4 upon request of the publisher)
Code (ZIP)
Book resources (code, video examples)
Book errata

6 Responses to “Scott Wilson, David Cottle, Nick Collins (eds.): The SuperCollider Book (2011)”

  1. Stig on January 28, 2014 1:13 am

    link seems to be broken

  2. dusan on January 28, 2014 12:07 pm


  3. yxy on February 2, 2014 7:26 pm

    broken again…….THX

  4. dusan on February 3, 2014 12:12 pm

    the first link should be working fine..

  5. qinling on February 4, 2014 5:37 am

    thx a lot~~ and later i will buy a book

  6. lee on April 2, 2018 8:36 am

    would anyone be kind and send me a pdf? i would like to look at it before buying

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