Andrew McWilliams

Portable Projection in a Rural Context

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In just over a month I will start a one-month residency at I-Park. My proposal is based around 'portable projection', and in this post I want to describe what that means and what I am planning to do onsite.

My proposal to I-Park was that I will appropriate the projection bombing technique (described below), but this time to explore a new approach to my installation work. Instead of scanning, photographing, replicating or manufacturing textures in a studio or gallery, I wanted to work with real, physical objects and textures, which have a life - and unpredictability - of their own.

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Setting up SuperCollider with TextMate

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My new Mac arrived and one of the first things I wanted to do was set up SuperCollider (SC). Installing SC on a Mac is really easy - it's just a regular .dmg installer. Once it's in your Applications folder you're good to go.

The TextMate logo
The TextMate logo

But editing in the SC window isn't much fun -- you really need a decent code editor / file manager / syntax highlighter. I took Gene's advice (I've been doing that a lot recently) and installed TextMate.

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Switching to MacBook Pro

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The MSI laptop I've been using since 2009 came to an unfortunate end recently - it was in my backpack when I came off my bike. My (slight) injuries healed just fine, the MSI was never quite the same again.

New life of Mac
New life of Mac

Until now, improvements in Windows, and my use of Win-only software vvvv had been enough to stop me migrating to Mac or Linux. I was forced to buy a timely laptop upgrade by the bike accident, but why choose Mac?

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QuickRef for SuperCollider

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In a previous post I mentioned Scott Wilson's tutorial as a really good starting point for learning SuperCollider (SC). Below I have summarised just about everything (including codeblocks) written in that tutorial, but this time all on one page!

This is so that once you have read the tutorial you have a Quick Reference to help you get started. You can navigate the material quickly using jumplinks:

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Getting Started with SuperCollider

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In this article I'll give you a lightning overview of SuperCollider (SC). I'll point you to the best tutorials I've found, and give you some advice on how to learn SC -- so if you're ready let's get started!

What is SuperCollider?
SuperCollider allows you to type in code and output sound. The code you type describes how the sound-generating objects should behave. It's interpreted in realtime, and you hear the results straight away through your speakers.

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